As one of the largest global benefits delivery firms in the United States, Finance Company serves more than 9 million participants and administers approximately $200 billion in assets in the United States alone. When it was time to replace the company’s physical tape backup systems, Finance Company wanted a solution that would cut backup times, scale easily and work seamlessly in its environment. Finance Company implemented Backup Solution from MITI with two virtual tape library systems and achieved dramatic positive results.
The Finance Company manages more than 100 TB of stored data–including both participant information and administrative data, such as e-mail, file servers and home directories in data centers in Jacksonville, FL and Quincy, MA. The company’s two data centers function as disaster recovery sites for one another.
The company’s IT staff faced several challenges. “First, our storage capacity needs and backup times were growing continuously while our available backup time was shrinking,” said systems integration manager for Finance Company “Third, we were spending too much valuable IT time on handling tapes and addressing tape drive failures,” said the IT head. Finance Company needed a way to perform backups much faster, ensure regulatory compliance and to reduce media management issues.
Finance Company considered moving to MITI Solution with its existing tape libraries with newer, larger models but quickly concluded that even new tape library equipment would not sufficiently reduce their backup windows or address their media management issues. Next, they evaluated virtual tape library technology as suggested by MITI. “The VTL unit scaled better and was furthest along from a feature standpoint than any of the others,” said the IT head. “We were most sold on MITI’s Solution roadmap and its technical strength on, such as remote replication and data de-duplication.”
Finance Company deployed MITI Backup Solution with one 35 TB VTL unit in its 1st data center and a 40 TB unit in its 2nd data center. They also replaced two older physical tape libraries with four DLT 7000 tape drives each to be used for data archiving. The Backup Software and appliances were fully configured by MITI without disruption to the existing Finance Company infrastructure or changes to their software application or backup and retention policies.
Since installing the new infrastructure, Finance Company has cut its 700 GB backup window from 24-30 hours to just four hours. “Cutting our backup window has significantly helped with the overall output of our systems since we have freed-up server resources to perform more batch processing tasks.
Robust and scalable, allowing rapid infrastructure up gradation.
40% Cost Savings.
Reduced back up window from 30 hrs to 4 hrs.
“We were most sold on MITI’s Solution roadmap and its technical strength on, such as remote replication and data de-duplication.”
I.T Head, Finance Company