South Yorkshire Fire bolsters backup

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is strengthening its data back-up to protect key information including incident reports. It is installing Yosemite Backup software to provide comprehensive and more frequently updated file copies.

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue brigade is strengthening its data backup to reduce downtime and protect key information including incident reports.

The brigade decided to install more comprehensive backup software, after an upgrade from Microsoft NT servers to Windows Server 2003 in 2006. The brigade found that standard backup programs within Windows Server 2003 were "slower and too basic" to suit its needs and provide the protection it wanted.

The brigade is in the process of installing Yosemite Backup software to provide comprehensive and more frequently updated file copies. The entire package includes Yosemite Backup 8.5 on the new servers, currently being rolled out, and Yosemite Tapeware 7 tape backup software, which was installed in a two-week rollout in January 2006.

The fire brigade wanted to be sure it could recover data quickly if any files were lost or corrupted, or a server were to go down, so that its 300 staff still had access to important information.

Files at risk included Microsoft Office documents, photographs of incidents, health and safety manuals, training documents, payroll and HR systems, as well as recruitment databases and marketing materials. The brigade manages 13 servers, which run Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle software, and these are backed up every three weeks.

David Alton, ICT support technician at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said the new setup would provide “excellent backup for our new, faster IT environment”, reducing downtime and increasing backup efficiency.