UCG Signs California Water District to Vault400
September 24, 2013 Alex Woodie
Santa Margarita Water District will have better protection of its critical IBM i resources now that it’s being protected by United Computer Group‘s VAULT400 cloud backup and disaster recovery program.
SMWD provides drinking water and waste water services to 155,000 residents and businesses across several cities in southern Orange County. Like many special districts across the country, SMWD relies on the IBM midrange server to automate key aspects of its business.
Recently, the district began looking for a replacement for its tape-based backup and DR strategy. The district settled upon VAULT400, the online backup and DR service offered by Cleveland, Ohio-based United Computer Group.
SMWD’s encrypted backups are streamed across the Internet to UCG’s SAS70-compliant data center. In addition to online backup (UCG is an EVault partner), the district opted to install an appliance in its headquarters to keep a local copy of the backup for speedier recoveries.
The district also signed up for UCG’s 24-hour DR service. This gives the organization the assurance that UCG can have its applications and data up and running on its own IBM i hardware in less than 24 hours after declaring a disaster.
The VAULT400 offering is designed for environments with between 10 GB and 500 GB of data, and gives customers the option of recovering IBM i environments to UCG’s IBM i backup servers in either 12 or 24 hours. UCG also provides a one-hour recovery time objective (RTO) using Maxava‘s high availability software.