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Rather than continuing to rely on its custom-built software, NYFIX decided to go with an outside vendor. To begin with, it purchased new LTO (Linear Tape Open standard) tape drives from San Diego, CA.-based Overland Storage, Inc. The tape libraries connect to the network through SCSI interfaces, though NYFIX may bring them into the SAN later.
Next came the selection of backup software. The company already used several Islandia, N.Y.-based Computer Associates products, including Unicenter network and systems management software and Unicenter Service Desk and Software Delivery modules. As a result, the firm decided to stick with the same family of interoperable products.
"Our goal is to protect and quickly recover data for both our LAN and NAS operations across Windows, Solaris, and Linux," explains Greg Petras, another systems analyst working for NYFIX. "BrightStor Enterprise Backup lets us reliably protect and recover this diverse environment so effectively that we deployed CA's solution in production mode even before the planned final release of the code."
Lentner reports that installing and configuring BrightStor is much quicker and easier than continually writing new code for the old software. He describes it as automated and plug-and-play.
NYFIX reports several benefits. To begin with, there is the increased backup speed. The servers need to operate around the clock. Although the New York Stock Exchange closes at four, the company still has to service after-hours traders as well as the international markets.
The faster backup permits it to perform the functions within the short time windows available. But there are also other functions that endear the product to its users.
"It has good reporting features, something that was lacking previously," says Lentner. "Overall, this new backup program does its job far more reliably than we had previously been able to achieve."