Most of our smaller regional offices don't have in-house technical personnel who could set up tape backup systems and monitor them reliably on a regular basis. [Storage Guardian] is easy to use and fully automated, and it needs little or no maintenance on our part.
Shazad Rojan, Network Systems Analyst
RIOCAN Property Services is Canada's largest real estate investment trust. Its assets total approximately $3 billion and consist of ownership interests in nearly 150 retail properties across Canada with a combined total of over 23 million square feet of space.
RIOCAN strives to deliver to its unit holders stable and reliable cash distributions which continuously increase over time.
With a national network stretching from Moosejaw, Saskatchewan to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, RIOCAN needed to find a reliable data backup and recovery solution that they could implement easily throughout their organization.
Says Shazad Rojan, RIOCAN Network Systems Analyst, "We looked for a solution that would allow us to backup and restore our data on our own, but we found the necessary software and hardware to be quite expensive." In addition, most tape-based backup solutions would have been very difficult to implement because of the distances involved. "Most of our smaller regional offices don't have in-house technical personnel who could set up tape backup systems and monitor them reliably on a regular basis," says Rojan.
RIOCAN chose Storage Guardian for its "no-worry features", says Rojan. "It's easy to use and fully automated, and it needs little or no maintenance on our part." Best of all, the implementation was relatively easy, since Storage Guardian transferred the necessary software to each head office via FTP. Backups are performed daily on specified hours, and Storage Guardian notifies RIOCAN daily about the status of each backup.
All in all, says Rojan, "Storage Guardian allows us to continue focusing on what we do best: Being the largest and most successful real estate investment trust nationwide".