Friday, 20 June 2014 06:27

Now it's Archive-as-a-Service


NTT Communications ICT Solutions has released an Archive as a Service, using software from data management vendor CommVault. It is targeted at government agencies and large corporates.

“Archive as a Service, powered by CommVault, caters specifically to the policy, compliance and commercial pressures faced by governments, enabling agencies to achieve ultimate compliance at significantly reduced costs,” said NTT ICT’s Tarquin Bellinger.

The service is located in a government certified data centre in Canberra, in a shared facility that already houses multiple government agencies. It will be launched in Canberra and then rolled out through New South Wales and Victoria to address the archiving and storage requirements for the wider corporate market.

Bellinger said the offering of comes at a critical time for government agencies. “The political agenda is driving cost-savings as cuts are changing the landscape. At the same time, governments specifically face the challenge of exponentially growing data, increasingly demanding compliance requirements and significant consequences for non-compliance.”

Gerry Sillars of CommVault said: “NTT ICT is taking a pioneering position by offering Archive as a Service in this dedicated way, which could revolutionise how government agencies will protect and store data. Archiving is a complex but vital data management function and Archive as a Service directly addresses many critical compliance and efficiency challenges facing governments.”

The companies list the benefits as:

  • Addresses a range of business requirements including legal discovery readiness, email storage optimisation, regulatory compliance and data security
  • Low-cost off-site storage to free up priority resources
  • The ability to customise policies to effectively manage data
  • A self-service portal with indexed archive data for regulatory compliance
  • Secure integration into existing systems.

NTT ICT operates separately in Australia from Dimension Data, which is also owned by Japanese telco giant NTT. It was formed in November last year from the merger of two other Australian companies NTT had acquired, Frontline Systems and Harbour MSP, with NTT’s existing operations in Australia.

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