Protecting data by storing backups offsite facilitates recovery of vital information or systems following a disruptive event. Texas A&M IT offsite data backup and storage service efficiently replicates business-critical data through the LEARN network to a co-located data center in Dallas, TX. This distant disaster recovery site provides extra protection in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. Data is encrypted at rest at both the primary and secondary sites, and encrypted in flight during transit. The service uses the incremental forever backup strategy, which is more space efficient. Instead of periodic full backups, incremental forever starts with one initial full backup, then an ongoing (forever) sequence of incremental backups. The service is available for Windows, Linux and Solaris OS machines, and requires client code to negotiate with the base server.
Texas A&M units using this service include Enterprise Information Systems, Instructional Technology Services, University Libraries, Bush School of Government and others.