Illinois State University info-tech workers are asking the Board of Trustees for permission to modernize the data backup and recovery system. The current system to copy the campus e-mail, meeting, payroll, financial, and personnel data can't handle the amount of information required for a full backup. Staff are still spending 15 to 20 hours a week transporting tape copies of data to an off site location. Data backup is key to disaster planning for most large enterprises, and big businesses tend to use cloud technology. ISU wants to spend close to three quarters of a million dollars over the next year and a half to create dual backup sites both on and off campus. Staff say the new approach will also reduce costs by eliminating the need to operate a completely separate system.
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