Liverpool Football Club has replaced its tape-based back-up and disaster recovery system with new disk-to-disk software.
The football club will use Asigra’s agentless distributed Televaulting software to protect critical business data across its three main sites - the Anfield stadium and the club’s two training grounds.
The system, provided by Backup Technology, will also protect data generated by Liverpool’s online ticketing system, point-of-sale data from the club shop emails from every office location and the desktop and laptop computers used by key staff.
Liverpool decided to switch from its tape-based system to a disk-to-disk product in order to increase the speed of back-up and recovery, and to ensure the successful retrieval of lost data.
The new back-up arrangements will also remove the need to shut down the entire system in order to back up the club’s ticketing system, a problem that had previously limited back-ups to once a day. Backup Technology now carries out a back-up for the club every hour, without interruptions to the system.
Liverpool FC’s IT manager, Ken Webster, said: “The Backup Technology online service has eliminated the ongoing hidden costs and wasted man hours we were experiencing with tape back-up, such as buying new tapes, switching tapes, and transferring tapes to and from the storage depot."
Network manager Ashley Harding said data could now be retrieved within minutes rather than days, adding: “With encryption of data in-flight and at rest, stolen data cannot be read. The bare metal restore solution means that even if our entire technology systems go down and we lose equipment, we can be back up and running within a single day.”
Under its contract with Backup Technology, the football club will pay for the amount of data protected and the storage used, rather than a license fee per server, desktop or laptop.