Interxion to cure nursing board’s IT problems

3 Mar 2005

Interxion has signed a deal to supply a secure, managed online backup and restore solution to An Bord Altranais, otherwise known as the Irish Nursing Board.

The nursing board chose Interxion’s Secure Data Service (SDS) after experiencing problems with its legacy tape backup system and offsite storage.

The Nurses Act, 1985, stipulates that all nurses who wish to practice in Ireland must be registered with the nursing board. With more than 60,000 nurses currently on the board’s live database, it’s vital that the information held is fully secure and retrievable at all times.

SDS is Interxion’s online service that creates fast, successful backups and ensures data is instantly available whenever the nursing board needs it. SDS is based on agentless technology that is activated and controlled by the nursing board. Backups are carried out in real-time over the internet to a secure vault at Interxion’s Dublin data centre with 128-bit encryption ensuring complete confidentiality of the nursing board’s data.

Jason O’Conaill, sales and marketing manager with Interxion, said: “Since launching SDS last year we have experienced unprecedented demand for the service. Business managers have become very aware of legislative requirements that make them responsible for the security of their data. SDS is a cost-effective, fast and easy-to-use service. Our clients encrypted data is managed 24/7 by a team of experts at our world-class data centre.”

Noel Moloney, IT manager with An Bord Altranais, explained: “As part of an integrated business continuity and modernisation plan for our organisation, we wanted an intelligent backup solution that would enhance the safety of our data and meet our regulatory requirements. SDS allows us to centralise the backup and restore process across our entire network with data automatically backed up every night. The easy-to-use management console also allows staff to monitor or initiate new backups and restores at any time.”

He continued: “Tape backups could no longer give us the guaranteed levels of security we desired. After rigorous testing of Interxion’s SDS service, we found it to be simple, efficient and safe. It also delivers significant time and manpower savings as only data that has actually changed is backed up.

“With no investment in hardware and minimum training for staff, SDS is perfect for SMEs that hold important data. We have complete confidence in our new backup and restore service from Interxion. This is important when 60,000 nurses depend on the availability of our data,” Moloney added.

By John Kennedy