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Acronis True Image Enterprise Server Keeps BT on Call

  • 25 June, 2007 13:36

<p><i>Northern Ireland Data Centre reduces server downtime</i></p>
<p>Acronis, Inc. (<a herf="http://www.acronis.com.au">http://www.acronis.com.au</a>), a technological leader in storage management software, today announced that BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions, has standardised on Acronis True Image Enterprise Server at its data centre in Telephone House in Belfast, Northern Ireland. By ensuring that BT can restore servers in minutes instead of hours, Acronis True Image has enabled BT to reduce server downtime considerably.</p>
<p>“Ease of use was an area that we wanted to focus on, and the team was happy with Acronis because it was so straightforward,” said Iain Majury, Head of Managed Services, BT Ireland. “The product is self-explanatory and the learning curve small. Even people who have not used the Acronis product before are able to pick it up quickly.”</p>
<p>BT initially purchased 500 Acronis True Image Enterprise Server licenses and has installed the product on all new equipments and as an update to older hardware in the Northern Ireland data centre. By taking a snapshot of the system (creating an exact sector-by-sector image of the hard disk), then storing that image on another system, Acronis True Image Enterprise Server allows BT data centre team in Northern Ireland to conduct a full system restore, partial restore or a restore of individual files and folders in minutes rather than hours or days.</p>
<p>Recovery can be as quick as a system reboot or, in the case of a physical drive failure, simply replacing the damaged disk with a new, bare-metal (unformatted) drive. Complete system restoration can be performed to that same system, another system with different hardware or to a virtual machine. The patent-pending Acronis Secure Zone technology even enables restores from the same machine by allowing customers to save an image to a special hidden partition on the local system. This is invaluable for mobile computing environments where a machine might be disconnected from network recovery services.</p>
<p>Acronis True Image has enabled BT in Northern Ireland to centralise its backup operations and be able to control everything from one location. There is a recovery partition feature, where Acronis True Image is part of the standard build on new servers. Prior to the system going live, BT performs a “recovery build” image of the system and saves it in the Acronis Secure Zone. If a disaster situation occurs to one of the servers, BT can recover the server locally with two exclusive Acronis technologies. The Acronis Recovery Manager allows BT to boot the system by selecting the F11 key allowing the retrieval of “recovery build” image from the Acronis Secure Zone to bring the server back online.</p>
<p>Although BT has not needed to use Acronis True Image Enterprise Server in a real disaster recovery situation thus far, BT has been running tests in order to be prepared if such an event should occur. The BT team has been taking images of the server systems, virtualising them and testing patches in a test environment to determine how the system will react when it is needed. BT has also been focusing the current installations on the shared servers for backups, working to reduce the number of backup tapes and moving to imaging so that an up-to-date recovery set of images is available for the previous weeks’ information.</p>
<p>“We feel secure knowing that with Acronis True Image Enterprise Server we can recover a failed system in minutes,” said Majury. “This means our customers information is safe and on call.”</p>
<p>“Maintaining an active, up-and-running system is crucial to BT as well as its customers,” said Walter Scott, Acronis CEO. “Without requiring any special training and without any issues or problems through the installation process, BT has reduced the potential downtime of its servers considerably. Through a systematic evaluation and testing process, BT found a reliable, fast and inexpensive recovery system.”</p>
<p><b>About Acronis</b></p>
<p>Acronis is a world leader in providing advanced, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software that helps enterprises safeguard their information and assures the availability, security, integrity and recoverability of their infrastructure. Acronis' patented disk imaging and disk management technology have won broad industry acclaim and numerous awards for excellence in data protection, backup and recovery, system deployment, and server migration for both physical and virtual machine servers. Its flagship product, Acronis True Image, is a leading commercial disk-imaging and bare-metal restore solution for Windows and Linux servers, as well as an automated system portability and migration tool. Since 2002, Acronis True Image has been the solution of choice for tens of thousands of customers, from small to mid-size businesses to the Fortune 500 in the banking, professional services, healthcare, technology, retail, government and manufacturing markets.</p>
<p>A global company, Acronis has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia and sells its products both direct and through enterprise resellers. For additional information, please visit <a herf="http://www.acronis.com.au">http://www.acronis.com.au</a></p>
<p><b>Media contact:</b><br/>
Jessie Jin<br/>
Kinetics PR<br/>
T: (02)9212-3848<br/>
E: jessie@kinetics.com.au<br/></p>

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