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Sungard launches online data recovery

Backup company launches new online service aimed at improving disaster recovery times.

Data recovery company SunGard has launched a new online backup service aimed at enterprises looking to improve their recovery time objectives.

The company claimed that recovery time savings achieved with its new Electronic Vaulting service could be as much as eight hours.

The service works by sending daily backups across the company's national network back to two datacentres. One datacentre stores the data on disk while the other stores the same information on tape. It said storing the data at two different locations cuts down on the risk of data loss at any one site. It also said that using the service automates the manual process associated with physically transporting backup tapes to storage centres, and would help organisations to start recovery of the data from disk without having to wait for tapes to be returned to premises.

"As tapes have to be physically taken off the premises at back up, it follows that recovery cannot happen until the tapes are brought back again: this is where the risks lie," said Dave Gilpin, product and solutions director at SunGard Availability Services. "If disaster strikes or your offices are for some reason inaccessible, you may be helpless."

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