DCMA implements data management solution

The Defense Contract Management Agency has implemented a new backup and data management solution for its 30 locations worldwide to handle the agency's weekly backups of more than 11 terabytes of data.

'On a worldwide network, eliminating tape from a backup infrastructure is a monumental task,' said Peter Amstutz, chief of network design for DCMA. 'We were able to make it seem easy. Our vision was to treat backup as an enterprise-class competency.'

The software solution, from CommVault Inc. of Oceanport, N.J., includes native direct-to-disk backup capabilities and management tools, such as snapshot management and recovery, remote replication, active data migration and archiving, e-mail compliance, enterprise service-level management reporting and storage resource management.

DCMA's 30 sites include 22 data centers in 14 countries, with more than 600 servers. Using the new backup solution, the agency automatically copies critical backup data to off-site locations for disaster recovery purposes. Nightly backups are performed directly to disk volumes, and datasets identified as critical are selectively copied to a secondary volume, which is replicated to an alternate site, where it can be recovered in the event of a disaster.

'We are now confident that backup data can be restored quickly and easily, freeing DCMA administrators for more critical tasks, such as patch management and security work,' Amstutz said.

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