PHOTO - Suresh Nair, GM & VP of sales and marketing, FalconStor Software APAC.
A partnership between disk-based data protection firm FalconStor and the Sabah University of Malaysia (UMS) will result in 15,000 students being offered business continuity and data protection services.
Speaking on 18 September 2012, FalconStor APAC's general manager and vice president of sales & marketing, Suresh Nair, said UMS has the same challenges as any other organisation when it comes to backup and recovery of data.
"The academic and personal information that students have entrusted to the school for safekeeping is extremely important to the university because improper handling of information can have devastating consequences," said Nair. "With increased awareness of the risks of data loss, the Malaysian government has introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPA), which penalises organisations that mishandle their data."
"Losing data can also lead to loss of funding, lawsuits and loss of reputation. Responding to data loss is a costly process that can easily consume large amounts of resources and manpower, which can significantly disrupt the university's business operations," said Nair.
UMS vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah said UMS's ICT department previously used tape backup, which was slow, particularly when it came to restoring data. As business operations grew, the university's increasingly critical data grew significantly to the point where tape backup was no longer sufficient to meet the higher response levels and faster recovery needed for optimum data management.
A new, trusted backup and business continuity facility was needed to increase confidence in the safety and integrity of information and to help the UMS data centre achieve Information Security Management System Certification (ISO/IEC 27001), said Mohd Harun. "The fast recovery approach of the FalconStor CDP solution eliminated our backup window problem while providing almost instantaneous recovery for our most critical data. In addition, it optimised storage utilisation for long-term data retention."
Mohd Harun said that the immediate benefits from the adoption of FalconStor solutions include reduced downtime, simplified management and fast data recovery.
This has helped UMS to strengthen its commitment to provide a first class academic experience for their students. "We are truly honoured to be recognised by UMS as the backup and recovery solution of choice. UMS's deployment demonstrates how FalconStor ensures that customers' critical data is safe and available for quick recovery; enabling organisations to better optimise their IT investments, in aligning service level expectations with an increasingly dynamic business environment," said FalconStor's Nair.
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