NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.-North Shore Credit Union recently began using the upgraded HP Data Protector 7 and HP StoreOnce Catalyst, a result of HP's acquisition of Autonomy.

The enhanced platform is designed to allow for the effortless recall of data from disparate locations while backing up varied virtual environments.

"Being able to protect, store and utilize data is paramount in our industry. We have been using HP Data Protector for many years, so when HP acquired Autonomy and integrated elements of their portfolio into their data management and data protection solutions, we knew it would be a powerful platform," said North Shore's Infrastructure Architect, Ryan Burgress.

The newly enhanced platform boosts North Shore's ability to back up its unstructured data, such as social media, email, video, audio, text and web pages. These capabilities are essential to the credit union, which has 40,000 members, 12 branches, 300 employees and $2.8 billion in assets. The solution's ability to extract data in real time regardless of format was a leading selling point, said Burgress. For example, all data points can be accessed from remote offices or the enterprise data headquarters quickly and simultaneously.

As is the case with all initiatives, a discovery process was required. North Shore did its due diligence and engaged in a two-month decision-making process that included considering other providers. "It's really important to find the right partner and solution who can deliver on your immediate and future needs, rather than just a point-in-time solution," Burgress noted.

From analysis to decision, the timeframe was approximately two months. While Burgress wasn't detailed on the actual investment figure, he noted that the capital outlay was the tangible hard cost. "Without going into specifics, our cost is in-line with the size of our infrastructure."

Calculating ROI

What was more important to North Shore was how its return on investment (ROI) would be calculated.

"We benefit from both cost and time savings as we no longer have to access and recall physical data tapes from our outsource provider. This in itself has provided huge time and cost savings, not to mention the faster turn-around in recovering data for business units," said Burgess. "Additionally, we can move data around faster, resulting in a dramatic decrease in back-up and retention times and we are mitigating future data storage costs."

The "massively" scalable solution includes HP's StoreOnce B6200 virtual library system, explained Burgress. "This was an evolution of our previous virtual library. The implementation of solution is a packaged delivery from HP that includes planning, implementation and post installation hand-over."

HP Staff On Site

To ensure that North Shore's employees were trained and ready for rollout, HP had staff on site from the start. "The post installation hand-over ensured that we were completely comfortable with the solution," said Burgress. "The same HP staff worked with us from beginning to end, which ensured consistency."

Now that the solution is operational, the resounding benefit for North Shore is the ability to protect its data while quickly "finding meaning" in the information not only from the data center but across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

"The new solution allows us to rapidly respond to data restoration needs for our business, which specifically benefits business continuity," said Burgress. "We are also able to keep more frequent backups of data which gives us finer granularity for recovery or restoration."

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