EMC wins backup and storage deal at NZ Defence Force

Multi-million dollar deal will see EMC Data Domain and Networker products implemented

EMC has won a contract to provide a turn-key data backup, recovery and archive system for The New Zealand Defence Force.

A media release from EMC says the contract is a "multi-million dollar" one, but a New Zealand Defence Force spokesperson declined to name the figure, saying it was commercial in confidence.

The release states: "The current systems will be replaced in order to better position the Defence Force in handling its data storage needs in the future. EMC was engaged to provide a comprehensive long term solution for Defence Force data storage needs."

The Defence Force spokesperson declined to name the existing systems that will be replaced; the Defence Force is already an EMC customer for some storage functions.

The release states: "EMC will expand the Defence Force’s existing data storage capability and improve its current data backup environment, which utilises multiple backup applications, by consolidating onto EMC’s Networker suite of products.

"In addition, EMC’s Data Domain data de-duplication platform will act as the enterprise repository for backup and archive data.

"This solution will help to streamline the backup processes, while the Data Domain de-duplication capability will greatly reduce the time, cost and space involved in storing backup and archive data.

NZ Defence Force CIO Peter Thomas says in the release: “The New Zealand Defence Force and EMC have a long relationship which has expanded with this contract. We look forward to partnering with EMC in working towards the best possible outcome for the Defence Force."

Two identical, linked Data Domain DD880 platforms will be installed at Defence Force sites in Auckland and Wellington. They will be used both for data backup and for archiving, and managed with EMC’s NetWorker software.

EMC will work with local partner iData Resolutions to implement the new storage systems.

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