Backing up Sydney's government

With more than 60 branch offices connected via IP WAN, backing-up data is critical for Sydney City Council.

Sites connected under the Council's network range from a disaster recovery (DR) site to neighborhood service centers, public works depots, libraries, community centers and pools. The Council, which has standardized its network on Citrix technology, holds all critical business information centrally, with the IT department responsible for ensuring data redundancy and availability for all sites.

Sydney City Council manager of information services Greg Naimo says the department backs-up data on two SANs and duplicates critical data on tape cartridges.

"With systems run centrally via Citrix, production data is held centrally on our SAN, which is fiber-connected to a paired SAN at our disaster recovery site," Naimo says. "All production data is replicated in real-time to the DR SAN and from there, backups are performed to tape, then at various points tape cycles are sent to an off-site tape vaulting service."

"The initial and most immediate backup is held on the DR SAN which tracks the production SAN in real-time. Tape is then used to backup the DR SAN data on a regular daily basis," Naimo says.

The council stores a large number of tape cartridges in the DR site's autoloaders and from there, they are periodically sent to an off-site tape vaulting service.