Blue Financial Services, the listed micro-finance institution which operates in 14 African countries, has become the first large corporation to convert its backup procedure to the online service provided by StorVault, a company in the Sithabile Technology Group.
As a major benefit, Blue now has backup that complies with regulatory compliance requirements, as its backup is maintained daily, with a disaster recovery site located more than 50km away.
StorVault is powered by eVault, a Seagate company, and is the world's most sophisticated and reliable online backup offering.
Blue's StorVault backup solution is split across two sites: one at Blue's office in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, and a disaster recovery site at MTN Gallo Manor.
"We installed a BaseVault at the MTN data centre at Gallo Manor," says StorVault engineer Andrew Smit. "It contains a number of servers on the same LAN. These servers back up to the BaseVault at MTN's data centre. We also installed a Web server and SQL 2005 for management and reporting purposes. All backups and reports are managed via the Web.
"At the office in Faerie Glen we are backing up the servers to a Satellite Vault. This data on the Satellite Vault is replicated off-site to the MTN data centre on a 4MB line."
StorVault configured bandwidth throttling so as not to influence daily operations, and replication line usage is capped at 1MB during business hours.
The following technologies are backed up at Blue:
* Microsoft Active Directory;
* Microsoft Exchange;
* Microsoft SQL and SQL Clusters;
* File servers; and
* Blackberry servers.
"We had been looking for a reliable backup solution," says Christopher Moreland, group ICT infrastructure and projects manager at Blue Financial Services. "Our previous outsourced system only allowed for a 60-day retention period and we needed longer retention from a compliance perspective. With StorVault we can manage our backup offering ourselves – and it is easy to use."