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TMCNet:  NHS Hospital deploys Spectra Logic and CommVault and drastically reduces cost of long-term storage; Joint Solution Increases Data Management Efficiency at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay as part of a long-term IT strategy refresh

[July 24, 2014]

NHS Hospital deploys Spectra Logic and CommVault and drastically reduces cost of long-term storage; Joint Solution Increases Data Management Efficiency at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay as part of a long-term IT strategy refresh

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) London, UK -- Spectra Logic today announced that a major NHS Foundation, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMBT), has successfully implemented a Spectra disk and tape solution across the hospital's main infrastructure environment making data management easier, faster and more cost effective. Spectra joined forces with CommVault, the world's fastest growing data storage software company, to integrate with their industry-leading SimpanaR software to substantially lower the cost of protecting, managing and accessing information. The installation, deployed in the main data centre in Barrow in Furness, forms an important part of a five-year plan to improve the IT infrastructure, facilities, meeting financial targets and performance of the organisation overall.

The front-end architecture consists of CommVault Simpana software, which provides policy and configuration management, while the back-end features SpectraR nTier Verde for nearline disk storage and Spectra T-Series tape library. In this case the nTier Verde 4U has been configured for 77TB of capacity at a cost of less than .35 pence per GB. The T50e library consists of two LTO5 drives, which can accommodate the combined capacity of up to 626TB with 8 drives, and 100 tapes, for dense, low-cost, long-term data retention, backup and archive. The joint solution, which has been tested and validated as part of the Technology Alliance Partner program, has allowed UHMBT four times the capacity of previous storage at half the cost.

UHMBT is based in the North West of England and serves South Cumbria and North Lancashire. Consisting of the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster and the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, the foundation employs over 5,000 people. The hospitals required a long-term solution to provide reliable backup of email, unstructured file data and SQL databases from numerous departmental clinical systems, such as pathology, pharmacy and endoscopy. In addition, UHMBT needed 24/7 access to live data overnight backups to avoid affecting the busier daytime hours.

With increasing data volumes of up to 25TB and the need for secure backups, part of the deployment criteria required compatibility with pre-installed CommVaultR SimpanaR, which allows highly efficient data management and the ability to rapidly find, retrieve and access data. This solution, when connected with disk and tape from Spectra Logic, creates a harmonious marriage, removing the complexities of tiered storage, while also significantly lowering the cost of data protection, control and access.

Designed to thrive in data-intensive environments such as this, it forms a scalable, singular data management platform that addresses performance and storage requirements for secure, reliable backup and archive.

In addition, UHMBT was faced with the challenge that the previous backup-to-disk solution was close to full capacity, being provided on the same storage hardware as current live data, as well as offering insufficient storage space. Competitive products from vendors such as EMC Isilon, Nexsan and Quantum were evaluated, but as the hospital urgently needed to move to a faster tape unit with higher storage capacity, nTier Verde was the obvious choice: it offers affordable file storage capability with easy installation, an intuitive user interface for effortless management and architecture that assures the highest level of data integrity. It quickly proved to be ideal for the trust's long-term archive and backup needs.

With advanced LTO technology, built-in design requiring minimal user intervention and management, the T50e offers best-in-class, feature-rich powerful library management and encryption. After the Spectra Logic installation, the T50e proved to be a very dependable unit with backups running much more reliably on the new hardware/tape drives. The T50e is able to take more than two tape units and is a library that looks after itself; with the call-home logging feature it is always in contact with Spectra Logic support, who is able to diagnose any issues from the logs that are sent over.

The expansion potential offered by nTier Verde means it can grow with the organisation, while time spent managing the solution is now minimal as once the system has been installed it requires very little attention. University Hospitals Morecambe Bay is enjoying shorter backup times, increased confidence in its ability to carry out restores and the storage capacity to meet the demands of the organisation as it progresses through its objectives.

Spectra Logic nTier Verde Disk and T-Series Tape Libraries Spectra Logic nTier Verde simply affordable disk-based file storage system delivers easy installation, an intuitive user interface for effortless management, and an architecture that assures the highest level of data integrity. It is designed from the ground up as a backup and archive storage platform focused on data integrity, ease of use, scalability, and cost effectiveness. nTier Verde advantages include: * No previous storage experience required: intuitive and intelligent web GUI interface for ease of configuration and management.

* Half the cost of traditional file storage: users can store more and spend less.

* Reliability, high availability and data integrity: includes nearline SAS drive architecture with enhanced parity options.

Spectra T-Series tape libraries offer highly reliable, high-density storage and seamlessly scale to exabyte capacity levels. They offer efficient, comprehensive library management tools and Spectra Certified Media that simplifies management, extends the life of tape media and drives, and ensures data is secure and available when needed.

Learn more about the new Spectra-CommVault offering in this solution brief .

About CommVault A singular vision - a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs - guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information ManagementR solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unprecedented control over data growth, costs and risk. CommVault's SimpanaR software suite of products was designed to work together seamlessly from the ground up, sharing a single code and common function set, to deliver superlative Data Protection, Archive, Replication, Search and Resource Management capabilities. More companies every day join those who have discovered the unparalleled efficiency, performance, reliability, and control only CommVault can offer. Information about CommVault is available at http://www.commvault.com. CommVault's corporate headquarters is located in Oceanport, New Jersey in the United States.

About Spectra Logic Corporation At Spectra Logic we define, design and deliver innovative data protection and backup solutions through tape backup and disk-based backup , recovery and archive storage solutions. By igniting innovation we challenge expectations of the data protection market with intelligent, integrated, and simple to use backup and archive technologies. Throughout our 30-plus-year history we have delivered high-density, feature rich storage with unmatched service and support to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SpectraLogic.com .

Nicky Murray A3 Communications - the storage and virtualization PR specialists T: +44 (0) 1252 875 203 M: +44 (0) 7585 147 351 F: +44 (0) 870 762 8672 E: nicky.murray@a3communications.co.uk www.a3communicationspr.com .

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