The preliminary project

As part of the preliminary project Datensicherung.NRW (, an operating model is being developed to establish a cross-university data backup system in and for NRW. The aim is to develop the technical, organizational and process-related boundary conditions and requirements. The new operating model, based on the division of labor, is unique in this form in NRW. In close coordination, aspects are worked out for universities offering and universities receiving services, which are then incorporated into the requirements for the infrastructure products to be procured.


Universities absolutely need storage infrastructures in order to perform their tasks. The data to be backed up is heterogeneous. Different platforms as well as data from different disciplines pose a challenge for a modern storage infrastructure. The variety of data covers e-mails, teaching and learning materials as well as procurement and accounting, personnel data and much more. Permanent and reliable availability of all data stocks thus represents an essential building block in the context of digitization in research, teaching and administration.


Development of the state-wide service

From NRW-universities for NRW-universities

Recent damage events drastically demonstrate that it is urgently advisable not to have a structurally, technically and spatially separate backup copy. The consortium is meeting this challenge in the preliminary project and is developing a sustainable and up-to-date storage infrastructure as well as the corresponding service - beyond the respective university boundaries!


The current practice of university-internal data backup is hardly sustainable. This was the result of workshops within the consortium. On the one hand, the use cases and the system landscape of the user systems have become highly specialized, and on the other hand, the users' demands on the service quality provided go much further than before.


Data persistence, availability and security

There is a demand for virtually uninterrupted availability and guaranteed data persistence. This leads to the need to cover more use cases with possibly several backup products and a higher quality of service compared to the current status - a need that cannot be met in the current operating models.


While the technical solution is being designed and developed, the current TSM backup consortium license is to be extended for a period of 2 years as a bridging measure.  The subsequent changeover to the demanding data backup infrastructure also includes the changeover to the state-wide service from NRW-universities for NRW-universities.


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