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The new service follows an early study commissioned by 16 Ontario universities, which suggested colleges and universities could achieve significant efficiencies by establishing a shared, secure online data storage service over ORION
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TORONTO â€“ May 28, 2010 – /BackupReview.info/ – The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is launching Canadaâ€™s first backup storage service dedicated exclusively to research and education institutions.
The new service, being launched at the Ontario Universities Computing Conference at the University of Ottawa May 31, is expected to bring significant benefits and efficiencies to universities, colleges and other research and education facilities across Ontario.
â€œThis is very significant to Ontarioâ€™s postsecondary institutions and research-intensive facilities, because it allows them to use ORION to backup and store multiple terabytes of critical data in a robust and highly secure environment,â€ says ORION President and CEO, Phil Baker. â€œThe resulting benefits and efficiencies will be quite substantial,â€ he said.
Offered in partnership with Toronto-based Storagepipe Solutions Inc. the ORION Backup Storage Service has already been tested in some of Ontarioâ€™s top universities and is now available to all ORION institutions, including colleges, school boards, teaching hospitals and research facilities across the province.
The new service recently wrapped up a successful testing stage involving Queenâ€™s and York Universities, evaluating off-site backup storage in typical production conditions.
â€œWe expect this will be one of ORIONâ€™s most valuable services,â€ says ORION Technology Innovation Leader, Blair Brenot, who helped develop the service in consultation with ORION user institutions. â€œIt makes a lot sense for institutions to leverage ORIONâ€™s capabilities, where speed and the ability to store and retrieve very large and critical data is absolutely vital,â€ he says.
The burden of managing backup storage represents a significant resource and operational pressure for many research and education institutions. The amount of data now being created, shared and stored at postsecondary and other institutions is growing exponentially, driven by increasing dependence on digital documentation and multimedia files for learning and research in all disciplines.
â€œCIOs and IT managers are under pressure to support more productive deployment of available resources. Core IT activities such as data backup and storage account for an increasingly disproportionate share of these scarce resources which can be applied to other priorities,â€ says Brenot.
Access to a shared service also introduces a green information technology solution, by reducing an institutionâ€™s need to maintain costly and less efficient storage facilities.
The new service follows an early study commissioned by 16 Ontario universities, which suggested colleges and universities could achieve significant efficiencies by establishing a shared, secure online data storage service over ORION.
For more information on the new service, visit www.orion.on.ca/backup
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