**ADIC and Wellcome Trust cooperate to relocate vital media library without impact on the regular backup**
Winnersh, Berkshire, 7 January - ADIC (Advanced Digital Information Corporation, Nasdaq: ADIC), the leading supplier of intelligent storage solutions to the open systems market, and implementation partner, Redstor, have helped The Wellcome Trust to relocate its ADIC automated tape library to its new premises at 215 Euston Road in London. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new building in December 2004.
The Wellcome Trust is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. In 2002, the Trust decided all its future image storage would be digital. “We have to store the raw TIFF image which has a file size of 50-70MB,” says Richard Gough, The Wellcome Trust’s IT operations manager. “Later on it might be downsized to a JPEG of 5MB, or even a couple of kilobytes for use on a webpage, but we also need to keep the original which has the same quality as a negative. Our average TIFF image is the same size as a thousand six page Word documents.”
The Trust now uses its scalable ADIC automated tape library to back up 5 terabytes of data for business continuity and disaster recovery, with the data predicted to grow by 0.5 terabytes a year. The Trust runs incremental backups of all its data (including financial data) each night and a full backup at weekends. “We are the type of organisation though where we could start a new project in medical imaging that immediately brings 2 terabytes of data to our backup requirement,” says Gough.
The Wellcome Trust has now moved to a new building at 215 Euston Road, next door to the old building. The new ten-storey glass building has been designed for environmental efficiency and has been awarded an ‘excellent’ rating in an independent BREEAM assessment of its environmental standards.
ADIC and ADIC reseller Redstor project-managed the move of the library, which was planned for a year in advance.
“The challenge is that you’ve got to keep business operating as usual,” says Gough. “It’s a complex piece of equipment that needs to be carefully moved. It’s going into a brand new building, and it took a major coordination effort.”
During the move, The Wellcome Trust took the opportunity to have the library upgraded with an extra 800 tape slots and one disk unit providing two additional disk drives. The tape library and media were dismantled, moved to the new site, put back together, extended and tested to ensure they worked with the new network in the new buildings. The library now has 16 AIT2 drives and 1500 tape slots. The SAN has Brocade fibre channel switches and Veritas Netbackup software is used to manage the backups.
“It took over ten people, including two ADIC engineers, specialists employed by ADIC to move the equipment, network specialists from Brocade, colleagues from the Trust, and some of the implementation team from Redstor, who were on hand to help with all the IP addressing and validation of the Veritas Netbackup system following the move” says Gough. “ADIC project managed it and we moved in 48 hours, which was intense. We had to do our full backup, move to the new building and be ready for the start of business on Monday. We did it!”
The Wellcome Trust acquired its library in 2001 as part of a strategy to introduce an enterprise backup solution. “Our backup was becoming unmanageable with each individual server writing to individual tape drives. There was no coordinated approach and the backup windows were becoming too big. We had to come up with an enterprise solution. The ADIC library with our Veritas Netbackup solution addressed our needs for business continuity and disaster recovery. Without ADIC we could not have achieved the levels of optimisation we wanted to, including using incremental backups to reduce our backup window.”
“We installed the library three years ago when the Wellcome Trust was upgrading its whole IT infrastructure,” said Ian Nave, sales manager for Redstor. “The Wellcome Trust wanted a scalable system they could use for more than three years and the ADIC tape library has delivered that. We’ve been able to add new drives and tape slots in line with the Trust’s data needs.”
The ADIC library model installed at The Wellcome Trust can support a wide range of high performance backup and archiving applications. It can support more than a dozen media types, including all leading tape formats, non-digital recorders (e.g. Betacam) and even audio CDs and compact disks. The library is scalable, offering as few as two drives and 400 cartridges and as many as 226 drives and 7500 cartridges. The library is served by an integrated robotics system that eliminates the delays and reliability problems caused by pass-through ports.
The Wellcome Trust’s media library is supported by ADIC and reseller Redstor.
Wellcome Trust’s Richard Gough concludes, “We found the combination of ADIC and Redstor to be extremely good in our planning and design stage. We’ve found the support of the ADIC device to be excellent. If they fail, they report themselves as broken and an engineer comes to fix it. It’s important for such an important part of our environment to be well cared for and ADIC offers a very professional service. The key thing for us is to work with partners that can help us move down the technology trail while keeping the digital asset safe.”
About The Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is one of the world’s leading biomedical research charities and is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. Each year the Wellcome Trust spends over £400 million and support 3,500 researchers in 44 countries. The organisation’s mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. www.wellcome.ac.uk
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