Photo - (From left) Goh Soon King, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sri Komputer Sdn Bhd; Christopher Liew, COO/Director, Sri Komputer Sdn Bhd; Dr Hj Mingu Hj Jumaan, Director of Sabah State Computer Services Department, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Daniel Ng, Head of Security Department of Sabah State Computer Services Department, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; and Simon Ng, Regional Director, South Asia, ProphetStor Data Services, Inc.
The Sabah State Government of Malaysia has selected a disaster recovery and business continuity solution from software-defined storage (SDS) firm ProphetStor Data Services (ProphetStor) to help maintain 24x7 availability of key electronic government services.
ProphetStor's DR Prophet solution was recently implemented by the Sabah State Computer Services Department (SCSD) for key e-government applications systems [SM2, E-leave, E-Pay, State Scholarship and Examination Systems], said SCSD's director Dr Hj Mingu Hj Jumaan.
"Prior to DR Prophet, disaster recovery took more than 3 hours to restore operations," said Dr Mingu. "A critical goal for the SCSD is to improve recovery time to 30 minutes or less."
"We can do that now with DR Prophet," he said. "It allows us to successfully replicate data flexibly across data centres, even with limited bandwidth availability. The advantages ProphetStor provides include less supervision and more reliability as the entire DR readiness is seamlessly integrated into the business."
The full implementation followed a stringent solution review with input from a partner solution provider Sri Komputer, said Dr Mingu, adding that SCSD found that DR Prophet was the only solution to meet both performance and budget requirements. The DR operation has now changed from a manual, tape backup to a snapshot method, freeing valuable IT resources to handle other tasks.
Sri Komputer managing director, SK Goh, said: "The ability of DR Prophet to provide automatic data protection through pre-defined policies with minimal human intervention proved compelling to SCSD."
Rapid recovery essential
"Rapid recovery from a disaster is especially essential for state governments, since interruptions threaten service levels and revenue generation," said Simon Ng, ProphetStor's regional director, South Asia. "ProphetStor is giving SCSD a comprehensive solution for data protection and provides backup and restore capabilities to maximise storage utilisation."
Ng said DR Prophet's advanced capabilities included delivering snapshots, data replication, and thinly provisioned mirror volumes and as well as a unified management framework to allow smooth disaster recovery data provisioning.
He said the SCSD staff of 240 found their continuity and disaster recovery management simplified with the system's user friendly graphic interface.
Established in 1976, The Sabah State Computer Services Department (SCSD) is a department of the State public sector in Malaysia under the control of the Ministry of Finance. The department also has branch offices in Tawau, Keningau, Sandakan, Kota Marudu, Beaufort and Lahad Datu.
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