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Europe, Middle East, Africa | Public Sector | Midsize Business

A public authority providing public services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain needs to be certain its data is safe and protected from disaster. And as is ever the case in public services, it needs to be cost-effective. So when the City of London was looking for a deduplication solution to replace an Asigra televaulting solution, it turned to Symantec. Complementing an existing Symantec NetBackup implementation, Symantec NetBackup PureDisk is deployed to make disk backups more cost efficient by eliminating the backup of duplicate data. Used in support of both remote site and data center deduplication, NetBackup PureDisk has enabled the City of London to reduce the volume of data backed up in the main production data center by a factor of 20―and by a factor of 42 in the disaster recovery environment. It is also providing financial savings relating to tape management and offsite storage.

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The City of London is a unique local government authority. It provides public services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the ‘Square Mile’ and is committed to maintaining and enhancing the status of the business city as the world’s leading international financial and business center. Its responsibilities extend far beyond the city boundaries, however. It also provides a host of additional facilities for the residents, businesses, and over 320,000 people who come to work in the ‘Square Mile’. These range from open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath to the famous Barbican Arts Center.


  • End users: 2,939
  • Hardware: HP and EVA storage. NetBackup PureDisk proof of concept conducted on DELL servers
  • Servers: 150 servers; 12 ESX servers running VMware
  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 2003
  • Applications: Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL
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