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Perinatal HIV Research Unit

“Like all health care institutions the Perinatal HIV Research Unit have the need & requirement for effective data backup and management… Cibecs is our secret weapon,” says Gregory Alexander, the Perinatal HIV Research Unit’s IT Manager.
“Just think about the kind of information that is in our care, both from a patient and research perspective, and you immediately appreciate just how important it is that we have an effective data backup and recovery solution in place.”

According to Alexander the Cibecs centralized solution substantially enhanced ITs performance across three key areas:

Compliance

To a large degree the PHRU relies on funding to carry out its research, with the United States its main contributor. “Regular audits are carried out by Division of Aids (DAIDS), Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) and International AIDS Vaccine Incentive (IAVI) to satisfy funder requirements,” says Alexander.

In terms of centrally managed data protection they require:

  • proof of full (and reliable) data backups of all study-related material, including a register
  • the ability to monitor and control the data environment and access to information
  • the existence of physical servers (to which data is backed up to).
  • data encryption is a further positive, albeit not an absolute requirement.”

Cibecs’ management reporting allows the research unit to prove legal compliance both to its funders and in terms of local governance guidelines. Without Cibecs it would be difficult for the research unit to satisfy compliance requirements, thereby negatively impacting its ability to generate funding.

Confidence

“Cibecs has proven (and keeps proving) its value through several high-profile data recoveries,” says Alexander. “Usually it takes only minutes to recover a user’s files, even if we have to recover all his/her data due to laptop theft, for example – which has a profoundly positive effect on the individual user and our operation in general.”

According to Alexander the reliability of Cibecs has saved the research unit (and his IT department) a lot of time, money and unnecessary complications.“Having Cibecs means that we never even have to consider the security of end user data backup and recovery . . . from an operational efficiency perspective, too, Cibecs has offered surprising advantages to our IT infrastructure.”

Control & Centralized Management

Cibecs places full control over user data in the hands of IT, which means that no more valuable storage and bandwidth is wasted on the backing up of the wrong kinds of data. Data compression and incremental backups, along with “opportunistic backup” further reduces daily backup size by up to 99% – a massive saving on IT infrastructure usage.

“It is incredible how much of a difference the Cibecs solution has made to our use of company bandwidth and storage”

“Couple that with its usability, reporting, excellent functionality and overall reliability and you have a solution that drastically simplifies central control over critical organizational data, without delivering any unwanted surprises.”

About Cibecs

Cibecs is the simplest way to backup and recover user data residing on business or enterprise laptops and desktops, and is trusted by thousands of business users worldwide, including the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Gijima, Ingram Micro, Wits University, the PHRU, University of the Free State, Business Connexion and several of South Africa’s leading financial institutions.