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Northeast Delta Dental

For Northeast Delta Dental, migrating to a virtual tape library was as satisfying as a cavity-free checkup.

Concord, N.H.-based Northeast Delta Dental, a branch of the nationwide dental insurance network, manages the medical records of thousands of groups, individuals, and businesses in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Last year, the insurer dumped its legacy server-based DLT tape backup architecture in favor of a Pathlight VX disk-based backup appliance from ADIC, says Dan Kaplan, the companys manager of networking and technical support.

“We had six different tape drives attached to six different servers,” he says. “Our volume of data that we needed to back up daily got too big for that [platform], and we were beginning to run out of space.”

Kaplan also felt the DLT foundation made the company vulnerable. Because Northeast Delta Dental shipped the backed-up tapes to a remote location for archival purposes each day, Kaplan and his IT staff couldn’t quickly restore user data in the event of a system disruption.

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