Backup and Archive

UFIT's Network Storage Archive Management (NSAM) platform allows your UF organization to safeguard critical data and records for extended periods of time. Built upon IBM Storage Protect (also known as TSM) architecture, NSAM allows you to create an additional copy of electronic records in a separate storage domain, which can be retained for months or years as needed for both operational and legal requirements.

UFIT Provides

UFIT manages the network hardware and infrastructure for the service. We work with your IT staff to assign administrative privileges, including the ability to delegate TSM client registration, creation of new backup schedules, running custom reports, etc.

Customer Provides

You will assign one or more members of your IT team to fulfill the role of backup administrator. This role will manage the setup and configuration of new TSM clients, ensure TSM clients are backing up according to their schedules, and perform/test restores according to your designated disaster recovery policy.

How TSM works

You install a small application on the device(s) you wish to back up. This application runs in the background, according to a schedule you define. The device must remain powered on and attached to the campus network.

You create a list of the directories/files you wish to have backed up. This list may include specific individual files, or entire directory structures, which can include "wildcard" specifiers (INCLUDE/EXCLUDE) to provide flexibility in what you choose to have backed up.

You create a backup schedule. This schedule dictates when and how often the TSM client runs, so you can minimize any performance impact to a convenient window.

You create a retention policy. This policy specifies how many versions of a file to keep, and/or how long to keep the previous versions. As TSM uses an "incremental forever" design, this will allow you to backup and restore individual files for however long you define in the policy.

Restore Whenever

Like the backup process, restores can be completely automated. You can initiate a restore at any time (24x7) without requiring UFIT staff involvement.