Mediawatch ME calls on Maxtor for backup

Mediawatch Middle East has installed four external data backup solutions from Maxtor to cope with the bulging weight of information it sifts through every day.

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By  Chris Whyatt Published  January 8, 2006

Mediawatch Middle East has installed four external data backup solutions from Maxtor to cope with the bulging weight of information it sifts through every day. The media monitoring company has been using Maxtor’s OneTouch II Small Business Edition since the end of October at its print and online headquarters in Dubai and its broadcast monitoring headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Mediawatch ME — which scans approximately 180 news reports an hour for client coverage and has filtered over one million articles across the region — said implementation of an effective back-up solution was increasingly essential. “Our current servers were under pressure with more than three years of data. Without effective backup, much of that vital information would have been deleted or downloaded onto CD-ROMs,” said managing director Mazen Nahawi. “This would have made searching our corporate rec-ords and archives a lengthy and cumbersome experience,” he added. Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition has a 200GB (300GB compressed) memory drive and automatically backs up the Mediawatch’s two IBM servers every night. The solution also launches a backup directly from the IT manager’s desktop or schedules unattended backups at convenient times for the operational team. Installation in each of the MediaWatch ME office’s — two applications lie in each — took less than an hour, and the Maxtor hard drive now records thousands of pieces of information accumulated from scans of client coverage in the media. These include BMW, the World Bank and Etisalat. “Frequently we need to record video clips to review them. OneTouch has been very convenient because you can store a lot of video clips very easily, thousands of hours of footage in fact,” said Nahawi. “Then we can either take what we need, process it and send it to the client, and the rest can be archived or disposed of. Plus, the software uses voice recognition technology.” At both locations Mediawatch ME OneTouch II SB Edition solutions have been installed on the main Windows servers, enabling MediaWatch ME to back- up its entire corporate history as well as its monitoring archive. It has used two solutions in each location to provide primary and secondary backup. MediaWatch says this is a key requirement as it must be able to produce all past coverage of its clients at a moment’s notice. Together, the four solutions cost under US$10,000 and Netcare, a Dubai Media City (DMC)-authorised networking company, assisted with installation and programming. “Mediawatch had a lot of essential archival data, so instead of putting it on their PCs or server they chose to put it on our OneTouch product,” said Rajeev Mukul, general manager, Maxtor MEA. “With our solution there is no need to keep reference data on your PC every time, so this will help. And it can be accessed whenever you need it,” he added.

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