The English National Opera (ENO) has installed a new data storage and recovery system to cut IT costs and ensure that data is protected against disasters.
The organisation has also upgraded its voice network to channel internal calls over its IP data backbone.
ENO installed the remote HSO Vault data backup and recovery system following a growth in data, replacing its onsite legacy tape back-up system.
From the start of this month, documents and email are backed-up automatically each night and transferred using an internet connection to IT partner HSO's offsite secure data vault.
"Back-ups in the organisation are usually very time consuming and require a lot of attention," said Robert Childs, head of IT at the opera company.
"But this new automated system utilises our bandwidth overnight and will reduce the ongoing costs of tape media and manual support."
Data from more than 250 employees, including home workers and staff at its three central London sites, is now stored on the ENO's central servers before being encrypted and securely transferred online to the data vault.
The systems can also determine what types of data are backed up so that ENO can save on backup costs by not storing personal email or JPG files if it chooses to, explained Chris Evans, managing director of HSO.
The opera company has also installed HSO's Voice+ product to run internal telephone calls over its IP network, and plans to increase this by providing VoIP to remote workers and touring groups in the future.
"The voice project has brought us significantly reduced rates and call charges," said Childs. "It also allows us to provide IP phones to remote users should we choose to in the future."
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