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Bellin Health

Case Study


Legacy LTO-3 can no longer meet the backup window required to sustain regulatory compliance requirements.

Bellin Health is Wisconsin’s leading healthcare provider. Having grown to a capacity of 3,000 employees and over 100 terabytes of critical data, their current legacy solution could no longer meet the necessary regulatory compliance requirements.

The Challenge:

To replace a legacy system tied to the facility’s old electronic medical record system. “Technology was passing us by in a hurry,” said Dave Baus, network analyst for Bellin Health. “We needed a backup system that we could grow into.”

The Solution:

Baus chose a STORServer Backup Appliance solution because it could be built to specifications that are scalable to meet Bellin’s growing backup, archive and disaster recovery requirements. STORServer’s IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM) platform ensures that Bellin meets regulatory and compliance requirements through policy-based retention, automatic file expiration, granular-level search, restore and encryption options.

Another important feature for Bellin was STORServer’s built-in deduplication which uses STORServer’s incremental backup technology to reduce the time required to deduplicate data. Bellin also implemented STORServer’s optional Virtual Machine Backup (VMB) software to centralize the backup of its VMware ESX servers to its TSM server.

“We are definitely saving time by using VMB to back up our virtualized data,” said Baus. “I’ve never been able to perform full system restores that quickly. STORServer has packaged VMware backups in one neat shell.”


Baus remains the primary backup administrator for Bellin Health and considers STORServer’s support staff a direct extension of the Bellin team. “I’ve had instances where I had to use customer support and STORServer is always quick to respond. It’s reassuring to know STORServer is there any time that we need them to be.“

“The STORServer Enterprise Backup Appliance was really easy to learn, use and deploy. Within two days, the Appliance was already installed , and within just one month, we had our entire environment being backed up to it. I really couldn’t be a happier customer,” concludes Baus.

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