University Medical Center Saves on Storage with Idera SQL safe

Large Arizona Hospital Reduced Backup Times While Maximizing File Compression

NEW ORLEANS – June 8, 2010 – In booths #2141 and 2143 at Microsoft TechEd, Idera, a leading provider of Microsoft  SQL Server management and administration solutions, today announced that Idera SQL safe™ customer University Medical Center (UMC) has reduced SQL Server backup times and the amount of space required for backups resulting in significant storage and cost savings.

Ranked among the nation’s premier hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, UMC employs 4,000 people who support more than 20,000 admissions and 400,000 out-patient visits annually. With 122 SQL Server instances, UMC Database Administrator Tom Ryan needed a high-performance backup and recovery solution that would meet UMC’s rapid growth while reducing SQL server backup and recovery times and the amount of storage space required.

Ryan chose Idera SQL safe based on the flexibility and affordability of licensing based on SQL Server instances, ease of use and the central enterprise console for real-time management and monitoring.

“It’s really easy to use. With the SQL safe console, I can look at all my instances and see very quickly if there are any problems,” Ryan said.

After a server administrator mistakenly thought a backup had failed to complete because the backup size had been reduced by nearly three quarters, Ryan knew SQL safe was also saving a substantial amount of storage space. In fact, the size of the two most recent backups of Critical Care data, UMC’s largest SQL database, was reduced from a terabyte to about 275 gigabytes. Ryan was able to delay purchasing additional off-site storage resulting in immediate cost savings.

“We can back up a half-terabyte database in half an hour with 68 percent compression,” Ryan said. Also, because of SQL safe’s network resiliency, “since adding SQL safe, UMC has not experienced any backup failures from network outages, even for the database that is backed up in a central location.”

About Idera SQL safe
Idera’s SQL safe backup provides a high-performance backup and recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server. SQL safe backup saves money by reducing database backup time by up to 50 percent over native backups and reducing backup disk space requirements by up to 95 percent. From implementations with tens of SQL servers to enterprises with hundreds of servers spread around the globe, SQL safe backup is the only SQL backup and recovery solution that scales to meet the challenge.

About University Medical Center
University Medical Center is a private, non-profit teaching hospital located at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and adjacent to The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Its 4,000 employees support more than 20,000 admissions and almost 400,000 out-patient visits annually. UMC’s high nurse-to-patient ratio contributes to its outstanding patient care, ranking it among the nation’s premier hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals.” It has also been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

About Idera
Idera provides tools for Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and PowerShell management and administration. Our products provide solutions for performance monitoring, backup and recovery, security and auditing, migration and PowerShell scripting. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Idera is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has over 7,000 customers worldwide. To learn more, please contact Idera at +1-713.523.4433 or visit

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