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Experts tip government on data recovery

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th May 2008 03:00 AM

COMPUTER Point, an information communication technology company, has tipped government agencies on data recovery systems in case of physical disaster.

By Francis Emorut

COMPUTER Point, an information communication technology company, has tipped government agencies on data recovery systems in case of physical disaster.

The company has experts in data storage, disaster recovery and back-up technologies, which allow for an organisation’s data to be stored outside its premises.

“The Government should spearhead disaster data recovery process in the East African region,” Anil Kuruvilla, the managing director, said.

He was last week speaking during a data protection and disaster recovery sensitisation workshop for government institutions at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

Kuruvilla said it was critical for public institutions to use disaster recovery solutions to avoid interruption of their operations.

“Disaster recovery is about business continuity. It’s about doing business without interruption,” Kuruvilla noted.
Kuruvilla appealed to the agencies to take advantage of NetApp software; Snapshot, which uses stored back-ups to recover entire file systems and data volumes in seconds regardless of capacity or a number of files.

Eran Brown, the NetApp systems engineer, stressed that the Snapshot process was automatic and takes up “very little storage space.”

Brown explained that the traditional data recovery requires that all data is copied from back-up to the source, which he said was time-consuming and occupies big space in terms of disk capacity.
But with SnapRestore, he said, an organisation can restore databases fast, recover quickly from virus attacks and saves staff resources because it’s simple to use.

“NetApp business solution helps you to maintain application availability during unplanned downtime, enabling you to quickly get back to business in the event of a disaster,” Brown said.

He said NetApp lowers the overall cost of disk-based disaster recovery and accelerates other business functions like application testing and development to increase profits and investment.
Dr. Ham Mulira, the ICT minister, emphasised the need to protect data for business continuity.

“Data should be protected in case of fire or floods. The next step is to build data disaster recovery sites,” Mulira said.
He said most data loss was due to virus attacks, data corruption and human errors.

Mulira noted that the Government’s policy was to develop ICT sector to provide reliable data transmission.

“The Government attaches primary importance to the development of the information and communication technology sector considering it as a key factor for acceleration of social and economic development,” he said.

Experts tip government on data recovery

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