Alaska Nonprofit Chooses for Data Subject to HIPAA Offsite Backup Regulations and Avoids Purchasing Another NetApp Filer and SnapVault Backup Software

SUNNYVALE, Calif. August 20, 2013 — / — today announced that the tribal nonprofit organization Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is using Zetta DataProtect for NetApp to provide cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) for critical data housed in its NetApp Filers. CITC selected’s 3-in-1 backup, disaster recovery and archiving solution to avoid the costly investment of an additional NetApp Filer, third party software, and WAN traffic accelerator – saving $75,000 as a result.

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With a largely Microsoft Windows-based environment that uses VMware for its 50 virtual machine infrastructure and NetApp storage, CITC had increasing concerns about the possible damage a natural disaster might present. A recent storm that caused a three-day power outage in the area was a serious reminder that its valuable data may be at risk.

With more than 2.5 TBs of data growing at about 10 GB a month, CITC wanted to add an offsite, cloud-based backup solution that would give them the ability to quickly and easily recover data without high cost or complexity. The organization also wanted to avoid having to purchase a second NetApp filer to achieve its data protection goals.

A number of possible options could have solved the company’s challenges. But CITC lacked the budget for a second NetApp Filer system, and the company preferred not to be overly tied into any specific hardware vendor. Provisioning a second NetApp Filer including the data center hosting costs, third party software, and a WAN traffic accelerator to minimize network bandwidth charges would have involved a significant investment.

After evaluating alternatives, CITC discovered The DataProtect for NetApp solution offers a 3-in-1 data protection solution for backup, DR, and archiving and it seamlessly supports NetApp without the addition of costly additional hardware. The solution is fully HIPAA compliant, allowing CITC to meet critical regulatory requirements as a nonprofit funded by the U.S. government. Using DataProtect, CITC has been able to eliminate cumbersome tape backup processes while gaining peace of mind that its data is secure in the event of snowstorms, which occur frequently in the area.

“ DataProtect for NetApp gave us enterprise-class offsite backup and disaster recovery,” said Jerry Kung IT director, Cook Inlet Tribal Council. “Since the solution doesn’t require additional hardware, we were able to deploy it within hours. It also allowed us to avoid purchasing another NetApp filer, SnapVault software, and provisioning another data center just for offsite backup, saving us many thousands of dollars.”

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