Commonwealth War Graves Commission moves 20TB data backup to the cloud

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] is entering the cloud through a deal with Asigra to provide a hosted backup and recovery service for its large haul of data.

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The CWGC has enlisted the help of Asigra, in conjunction with Techgate, to help make sure its significant haul of data is organised simply compared to the present system and also to guarantee it is secure.

At present it has 20TB of data, which includes over 4TB of casualty records, and the amount it is storing continues to grow and up until now it has been using tape backups from Symantec for its records, according to Cloud Pro.

The CWGC currently manages the cemeteries and memorials in memory of those that perished during the First World War and Second World War. The vastness of its data store is illustrated by the fact that its 23,000 locations are spread across a total of 153 countries.

Using tape backups meant that it could take around 30 days for data to be restored as the tapes weren’t stored on site and a high amount of manual work was required in order to recover the data.

Asigra’s Cloud Backup offering powered by Techgate, meanwhile, is much more simple than tapes with backup and recovery taking up a lot less time thus allowing IT experts to concentrate on other tasks and reducing costs in the process.

“In conjunction with Asigra, we have shown CWGC a clear and modern alternative to tape backup,” stated Chris McDonnell, solutions delivery manager of cloud services at Techgate. “We look forward to supporting additional disaster recovery requirements for the Commission as they benefit from the operational improvements enabled by Cloud Backup.”