FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced that the Greater London Authority (GLA) implemented the FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) solution and FalconStor’s RecoverTrac™ technology to ensure disaster preparedness and to handle GLA’s significant data growth prior to the London Olympic Games. The GLA replaced its tape-based backup and recovery system to ensure data availability and quick recovery in four hours or less, estimating a savings of approximately £90,000 ($139,000) annually.
The GLA, which provides IT support and services to the mayor’s office and the London Assembly, implemented the disk-based backup technology to ensure complete data protection and business continuity for events such as the mayoral elections, the Royal Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games. The authority worked with local storage integrator Cristie Data to deploy the RecoverTrac tool and FalconStor NSS, along with Nexsan storage, to give the organization storage virtualization, data replication and automated disaster recovery capabilities. With 60 terabytes of data and the eyes of the world focused on the city, GLA data is now replicated to an off-site data center and can be automatically recovered in the event of an IT disaster.
“Prior to the 2008 mayoral elections, a water main burst near City Hall and our power went out. Had it stayed out for much longer, it would have taken us three days to recover our data,” said David Munn, head of GLA information technology. “We could not risk something like that during the London Games or any other major event happening in 2012. FalconStor’s storage management and replication technology ensures that we can keep mission-critical data available, regardless of any disaster.”
The GLA estimates it will gain a full payback on its disaster recovery investment in four years. The organization now has quick recovery during data center outages, an 80 percent reduction in energy consumption and a storage solution capable of accommodating continued data growth.