Since 1970, talented young musicians have come to London’s Centre for Young Musicians’ Saturday centre for high quality, progressive music training. CYM is focused on providing training in an inclusive, vibrant and stimulating environment.
As the growing demand on IT systems and storage grows the Centre decided to stop investing in on-premise IT and look to Amazon Web Services to help with the ever-growing back up cycles, and at the same time compliment their disaster recovery plans.
CYM had a number of growing issues that we looked to help with:
1. Ever-growing back up windows.
2. Ever-growing demand for storage.
3. Growing requirement for extra back up hardware and licences.
4. Complex disaster recovery arrangements and associated costs.
By leveraging the scalability and flexibility of Amazon S3 and the genius of Cloudbacko software we were able to back servers up directly into the cloud.
This means there is no delay in the back up window as each back up job can run its own session onto the cloud and does not rely on another to finish.
As Amazon S3 is highly available it compliments the disaster recovery plans of CYM, allowing for quick restore of server images and associated data.
Because the back up software runs natively on the server it backs up and exports the image directly on Amazon S3, meaning the requirement for a back up server, tapes and licensed software is negated.
There are no more roadblocks when it comes to back up windows, each back up session runs independently and backs up straight to the cloud.
Resilient and highly available, Amazon S3 stores all machine images and data sets, therefore it poses as the off-site data store when added to the business continuity planning and disaster recovery scenario planning.