EMC New Zealand has won a multi-million dollar contract to provide a turn-key data backup, recovery and archive solution for The New Zealand Defence Force. EMC hardware, software and professional services will be utilised to implement a backup solution designed to simplify and improve the way information is backed up, archived and retrieved – delivering improved operational efficiency and cost savings for the Defence Force.
The Defence Force have identified that long term success will require an improvement to their data storage systems. The current systems will be replaced in order to better position the Defence Force in handling its data storage needs in the future. EMC was engaged to provide a comprehensive long term solution for Defence Force data storage needs.
EMC will expand the Defence Force’s existing data storage capability and improve its current data backup environment, which utilises multiple backup applications, by consolidating onto EMC’s Networker suite of products. In addition, EMC’s Data Domain data de-duplication platform will act as the enterprise repository for backup and archive data. This solution will help to streamline the backup processes, while the Data Domain de-duplication capability will greatly reduce the time, cost and space involved in storing backup and archive data.
“The New Zealand Defence Force and EMC have a long relationship which has expanded with this contract. We look forward to partnering with EMC in working towards the best possible outcome for the Defence Force,” said Peter Thomas, CIO of the New Zealand Defence Force.
The integration of these products is expected to dramatically increase backup and restore speeds while also simplifying configuration and management. The EMC NetWorker Management Console offers control for the full range of Data Domain system functionality, including Data Domain replication for scheduling and monitoring of backups at all sites. EMC File Manager Archive appliances will be used to automatically migrate file data from primary storage to the archive tier of storage on the Data Domain platform for long term storage and retention.
Two identical, linked Data Domain DD880 platforms will be installed at the Defence Force sites in Auckland and Wellington, ensuring total system backup in the event of disruption at either site. They will be used both for data backup and for archiving, and managed with EMC’s NetWorker software.
EMC country manager Robin Whitaker said that EMC has a great deal to offer the Defence Force, with EMC’s integrated capabilities ranging from data storage, backup and archive platforms through to its RSA security products and efficiencies offered by integration with VMware server virtualisation. He said the combination aligned perfectly with the Defence Force’s core business objectives of consolidating resources, mitigating risks and maximising potential efficiencies.
“This is a large contract and a strategic win for EMC,” Whitaker said. “It illustrates how robust, broad and flexible our solutions are. The nature of this client meant there were some unique and specific operational challenges that had to be overcome. So that’s what we did.”
EMC will work with local partner iData Resolutions to deliver the project. iData will form part of the professional services team that will design and implement the Defence Force solution.