The town of Dedham, Mass., is using Zetta Data Protect, a cloud-based offsite data protection offering from enterprise cloud storage provider Zetta Inc., as part of the town’s efforts to keep data safe on another site in the event of a natural disaster.

The town’s IT department installed ZettaMirror—agent software that works with the Zetta Storage Service to provide immediate, offsite data protection for enterprise data—inside multiple Windows and Linux virtual machines to backup user files.

“It took less than a minute to install a ZettaMirror agent, and everything showed up live,” Christopher Pohl, assistant director of technology for the town, said in a statement.

ZettaMirror automatically replicates data offsite and then keeps it synchronized with local data. The offsite data can be recreated in a ready-to-access file system that mirrors the local file system, the company says. The data is transferred and stored in encrypted format and protected against multiple hardware failures.

ZettaMirror automatically synchronizes changes to the data, Zetta says, so there is always a current, recoverable copy available. Access to the offsite data is immediate through either an Internet browser or by directly mounting the remote file system.

The system has been running so well that the town is planning to implement new financial and general ledger systems, and will use Zetta’s technology to back those up. The town will be adding ZettaMirror into 20 other virtual servers over the next four months.

One big plus was the way Zetta integrated with the town’s existing virtual server and file server environment. “Zetta was very low impact to operations and very low impact to our bandwidth,” Pohl said.



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