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New SAN Leads to Backup Replacement

An organization needs to invest in technology to reap the benefits of technology. That maxim may seem evident to many, but it was something that only recently became crystal clear to the Mohegan tribe. After investing in a new storage-area network as part of an IT infrastructure overhaul, the tribe found itself having to upgrade its backup system, a change that resulted in the deployment of a virtual tape library.

The Mohegan Tribe is responsible for municipal services, such as police, health, and tribal services, for a tribe best known for operating gambling casinos and hotels in Connecticut. While the tribe is responsible for the municipal gaming regulation boards, the casino and hotel IT systems are overseen by a separate entity. To support its municipal services, the tribe has 40 servers and about 400 client systems running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

About two years ago, the tribe decided to upgrade its storage infrastructure. It decided to move to a SAN rather than have its data controlled by autonomous servers. "A lot of our IT initiatives had been held up because our computing infrastructure was not powerful enough to support them," says David Shoup, technology manager for the tribe.

Deploying a redundant SAN in 2007 created a ripple effect. The amount of data used by the tribe increased from 500 GB to 2 TB, and the additional workload started to stress the municipal organization's tape system. The tribe had been completing incremental backups every other night for various applications and doing complete backups during the weekend. With the data volume rising, the backup windows had increased, so it was becoming likely that some would not be completed on time. In addition, the organization was having trouble tracking its growing volume of tapes.

Consequently, the tribe began to look at alternatives. A VTL was enticing for a couple of reasons. The speed of backups would be much higher, so it would be more likely that the work would be finished on time. Also, incremental backups could be done daily rather than every few days.

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