Gardner accepts that the company bought the SL150 before full support was available with Backup Exec, and had to wait a month for the update to happen. However, he states this was pretty much the only problem that the firm had with the deployment of the solution, which has been running smoothly and providing business benefits from January this year.
"The biggest benefit is that it is that you can train a relatively inexperienced person on how to use it or how to include a chassis on the solution. Our jobs could range from one TB to up to 30TB of content for a client, and there is a huge benefit that you go away and come back a day later and it is on tape, as opposed to feeding a drive every eight hours. For us that's a large financial benefit, because ten minutes of my time could result in 30 to 40 hours of chargeable time," says Gardner.
DoP also gained speeds on the drive provided with the Oracle SL150. By doubling the speed they were used to previously, the solution has enabled the company to do active backups besides archiving.
"We have had another drive put into it recently, giving us access to LTO-6, although to be honest the cost is pretty high at the moment so it is not being used. But there is a drive sitting in there should the cost come down," adds Gardner.
With all the benefits that he has encountered with the solution, Gardner has ensured that Group6 will have its soon-to-be-launched archive solution on Oracle hardware as well.
"We will most likely continue to invest in IT in 2014. Work has been busy. Our investments will cover both a new edit suite, as well as adding to the current 180TB of WD disks that are spinning downstairs," says Gardner.
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