Murray State University was recognized in the November/December 2011 issue of University Business as a Model of Efficiency program.

Murray State’s information systems is utilizing new technologies to improve response time and reduce costs of its disaster recovery program.

This has resulted in a collaboration with Northern Kentucky University (NKU) to reduce system recovery time following a disaster. MSU is capitalizing on the high-speed data network that connects the state universities to develop a reciprocal disaster recovery solution.

Both NKU and MSU benefit from having their data systems replicated 300 miles from their campuses. Such a distance would mitigate most natural disasters, meaning if MSU’s campus data was compromised by, for instance, a tornado, the back-up would be safely housed at NKU and vice versa. MSU’s information systems office implemented the new data recovery and back-up model.

Not only does this partnership offer location safety for the data, but it has also reduced recovery costs of that data by a third. Traditional vendor-supplied solutions are both more costly and provide a less flexible response and testing environment.

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Fall 2011 honorees along with Murray State University are the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the University of Oregon, Purdue University-Calumet, Pueblo Community College and Wayne State University.

 

Murray State University Information Systems staff with Linda Miller, department director (fourth from left).

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