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WorldBackups.net Protects People’s Data – and the Planet

2009-05-29

May 29, 2009, Press Dispensary. A Wiltshire-based provider of online data backups is helping its customers cut costs while combating the threat of climate change. WorldBackups.net is building an unusual, technically-advanced data centre powered solely by renewable energy in North Wiltshire, due to go live in the second quarter of 2010.

The company is bypassing the carbon offset route for the eco-road less travelled: rather than paying for projects such as tree planting to chalk up greenhouse gas credits, it’s working towards a time when it won’t have a carbon footprint to counter.

In line with this aim, WorldBackups has recently purchased a 2,600 sq. ft. ex BT exchange in North Wiltshire, where it will develop its own on-site renewable energy generation, passing on the reduced power costs to its customers. This may not be the world’s biggest data centre but its size is directly scalable to the services WorldBackups provides.

MD Roland Scott says: "Pioneering technology isn’t solely the preserve of Silicon Valley or hi-tech hotspots in the UK. Right here in Wiltshire, we’re building a completely self-sufficient data centre and proving that green investment can be good business. Our ethos is two-fold; a duty to make use of renewable and clean energy when we can, and also to be ready for the arrival of future environmental and compliance laws."

WorldBackups is developing a system that will shut down its servers at different times throughout the day and night to preserve power. In the case of most other data centres providing services such as website hosting and telecoms, the servers need to be turned on around the clock.

WorldBackups will be able to switch off unwanted servers, even during peak times, thanks to an advanced application that recognises when extra resources are required and can fire up the necessary network space within one minute. The resulting cut back in the power required to run the centre will make generating its energy through renewable sources on-site a viable option.

Says Roland Scott: "We intend to use renewable energy during the day and sell the excess back to a supplier of electricity that comes solely from renewable energy sources. We'll then purchase back that renewable energy if and when it’s needed."

He adds: "In a recession, there’s always a concern that green businesses will suffer as companies and consumers look to cut costs. We believe that eco-enterprise and commercial success don’t have to be mutually exclusive. ‘Going green’ will make us more competitive, and our customers won’t have to sacrifice backing up their valuable data during the crunch. This could be the best thing for online services since broadband!"

WorldBackups’ software can be installed directly on to a server, laptop or PC to protect data such as email systems, databases, directories, office documents and pretty much all files from fire, theft, corruption and other disasters. Its online backups are easy to implement, secure, and offer an affordable and reliable alternative to tapes. Customers are guaranteed 24/7 access to their data from anywhere with an internet connection world-wide, and don’t have to worry about mislaid tapes or IT team holidays.

All data is encrypted before it leaves the customer’s system(s) to be replicated to WorldBackups’ data centre, giving customers complete control over its security. In addition, data can be backed up or mirrored to a server on the customer’s own site, providing quick and easy local access should a restore be required.

Roland Scott concludes: "What separates us from the competition is our support. We guarantee to restore any file that has been backed up to our systems, and have the facilities to do that either remotely or by visiting a customer’s premises. Anyone can backup, but only heroes can restore!"

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Notes for editors
SC Limited, trading as WorldBackups.net, was incorporated in 1999. Based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, it specialises in business continuity and disaster recovery and prevention. The company is a Microsoft Certified Consultancy Partner and Small Business Specialist.

The new data centre in North Wiltshire, previously a BT exchange, is expected to go live in Q2, 2010. The company's development of a renewable energy scheme is endorsed by the Federation of Small Businesses.

For further information, please contact:
Roland Scott, MD
SC Limited TA WorldBackups.net
Tel: 07931 350868
Email:
Site: www.worldbackups.net

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Roland Scott, MD
Tel: 07931 350868
Email:
Site: www.worldbackups.net

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