Meet the team - who ensure consistent and reliable backups... Klaas Van Dijken, Paul Buys, Gerhard Goossens,  Wayne Cusens, Adriaan Van Graan, Wilna Oosthuizen and Charles Mokwena,

The importance of data storage and recovery should never be underestimated, which is why  ITC decided to upgrade the backup hardware. According to Mr Koos Brits, IT Support Specialist of IM IT Operations and Infrastructure, “the main purpose was to ensure consistency and reliable backups and to increase the hardware’s life expectancy…”. The new system will be able to handle 48 tapes each with a storage capacity of 6 TB of data.  The previous backup system was capable of only 32 tapes with a storage capacity of 700 GB each.  
How does this benefit the user? Users registered on the NWU network immediately have access to the data storage and recovery service. This means that the user’s data that has been stored on the p-drive will be protected and will be automatically backed up on a central storage area. The backup process runs on a regular basis, after hours. This ensures that the copied files will be preserved, in case of equipment failure or other catastrophes.
Important notification: Data stored in other places (e.g. C-Drives, flash drives, external HDD, public cloud, etc.) besides the P-drive, will not form part of the backup process and would therefor not be recoverable. Bear in mind that backups are only available for recovery for a limited time.
For more information about this service, which is available to staff and students click here
To request restoration of a backup, log a ticket or contact your Campus IT Service Desk.  
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