Catholic church pulls together back-up strategy

News by Richard Thurston

Worried that its data was at risk, particularly in the aftermath of the London terrorist attack three years ago, the Diocese of Westminster has completed an upgrade to a fully networked back-up architecture

Worried that its data was at risk, the Catholic Church has pulled together a back-up strategy.

The head office of the Diocese of Westminster, which handles administration for all 219 parishes in the Diocese, has been upgraded from a simple tape back-up system into a networked architecture.

The Diocese's ICT manager Rod de Silva said: "The terrorist attacks in London had raised questions about our disaster recovery plans and I was conscious that our data was at risk."

De Silva replaced the old system of backing-up to three tape drives with a more advanced two-tier networked setup. Data from each server in de-duplicated, compressed and encrypted form is now backed up locally on a daily basis before being transferred over a symmetric DSL link to a second site.

The local server provides speed of access, while the addition of the second server aids the church's disaster recovery plans.

"This is a completely automated service so we no longer have to worry about the backup," said de Silva. "And it frees up valuable resource to support the other network activity."

The kit used is the RecoveryShield offering from back-up specialist ThinkingSAFE.

The Diocese now plans to extend the back-up system to its mobile workers.

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