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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

Distance: Meeting the new mandate for disaster recovery

Case Study: Mixing it up with remote backup Initially, Charlie Roberts had a modest goal for improving his organization's disaster recovery capability: He wanted to replace a patchwork quilt of third-party backup applications with a single solution in the same location. "We were just looking for a more elegant backup solution than the one we had," says Roberts, VP of IT at the Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, CA. "The applications were all different and they required a lot of human intervention." Since then, Roberts has streamlined things at his 51-year-old institution, which serves 113,000 members in nine Northern California counties. His team is gradually weeding out those old labor-intensive programs, replacing them with an online solution that automatically seeks, copies and stores new data daily. The biggest change: The new system no longer nestles next to the core systems it's designed to protect. For now, Travis--with $1.2 billion in assets ranking among the nation's largest credit unions--relies on a remote backup site ...

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