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Texas College Majors in DR

In the wake of last year's hurricane season, one college in Houston devised a setup that banks on new Overland Storage tape libraries and Intransa IP SANs to give its IT staff peace of mind.

Billy Vaughn, IT operations manager of San Jacinto College put together a three-pronged DR strategy after Hurricane Rita tore through the area last September. The community college in Harris County, Texas, didn't suffer any damage, but the close shave drove home the importance of a DR plan.

"Since the last hurricane season, I've been very disaster minded," Vaughn says. "I had been quite worried about backup. Last hurricane season threw us into a panic. That's one thing I dont have to worry about this year."

Vaughn set up a disaster recovery site in Austin after the hurricanes and installed a new tape library in the main data center, a smaller library in the DR site, and IP SANs at both sites for replication.

Part of the backup overhaul had to do with a need for greater efficiency. Data was growing rapidly at the college due to a decision to give all 73,000 students their own account with roaming profiles, and backups were taking too long.

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