London based Civil Engineering company chooses StoneFly DR365 Hyper Converged Fusion Cluster for backup and disaster recovery

London based Civil Engineering Company, a leader in soil, structural and nuclear engineering has selected StoneFly DR365 Hyper Converged Fusion Cluster for its backup and disaster recovery needs. The business (name withheld due to NDA) designs, builds, maintains and repairs a wide variety of structures on hundreds of worksites around the world. The firm choose to converge its IT resources last year and decided to go for a solution which boosts the productivity of IT assets, reduces costs and simplifies management.

StoneFly DR365 Hyper Converged Fusion Cluster helped the London based company create an agile, highly available IT infrastructure that supports the changing needs of a dynamic business and delivers restore capabilities.

The business challenge

The said company which has a business presence in more than 73 countries and an employee count of 13,700 decided to consolidate its IT systems in 35 autonomous sites to an IT infrastructure spanning two data centers consisting 362TB of data approximately. They decided to go 100 percent virtual and run VMs critical applications including Autodesk Inventor, Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Oracle. The Business also decided to run VM filled databases that support vital business systems such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management.

The UK based firm was using five different backup tools in its storage environments among the 35 sites and the only commonality among those tools was their design. Though they were meant to backup physical environments, they were also retrofitted to backup virtualized environments. Here’s where all the problem started as the VM backup and restore were extremely slow and unreliable, making DR unpredictable. Additionally, the whole setup also lacked monitoring, alerting, reporting and capacity planning.

The company lost all hope on its existing backup and recovery infrastructure as it had no visibility. And as each site was running on individual backup and recovery solution, the company struggled to maintain availability of applications and data, making downtime likelihood. As a result, the company never reached internal service level agreements and recovery time and point objectives weren’t achievable.

Why they chose StoneFly DR365?

The London based company deployed StoneFly DR365 Hyper Converged Fusion cluster for high availability and timely disaster recovery. The result was an agile, highly available IT infrastructure that not only supported the changing needs of the business, but also delivered restore capabilities that make the company more competitive in new business opportunities.

DR365 Fusion is a purpose built hyper converged solution that not only consolidates all server and backup systems into one easy to manage highly available cluster appliance, but also serves as a total backup for all physical and virtual servers and workstations with active-active hot-swappable cluster nodes with failover and failback in a single chassis.

Thus, the London based company which recently consolidated its infrastructure could manage all of their backup operations for their data center and branched offices with a single pane of glass.

Technically, each DR365 Fusion Cluster Appliance can provide anywhere from a few TeraBytes all of the way up to 640 Terabytes of backup storage capacity for your business. Every cluster appliance can accommodate any combination of nearline SAS, enterprise SAS, or enterprise SSD storage tiers as required, achieving the performance needed for your requirements.

An embedded hypervisor on each cluster node allows backed up VMs and new user created VMs to be spun up directly on the DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance.

The backup controller automatically creates backup images of physical and virtual servers based on flexible user defined policy. These images can be restored to the same hardware, to dissimilar hardware to build a new server, or can be mounted as a drive to retrieve an earlier copy of a specific file, folder….

Every backup can also be automatically converted into a Virtual Machine. These Virtual Machines can then be quickly spun up and hosted on the DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance. This feature is quite useful for business continuity for your production environment if a physical server or workstation goes down and needs to be repaired. Replica Virtual Machines can also be used for any testing the user might choose including non-invasive compliance testing.

DR365 Fusion Clusters support P2P, P2V, V2P, and V2V operations (Physical-to-Physical, Physical-to-Virtual, Virtual-to-Physical, Virtual-to-Virtual) including restoring physical machines to completely different hardware and restoring Virtual Machines to a completely different Hypervisor. The backup engine also includes snapshot, one-pane management, SSL-encryption, level-1 data deduplication, compression, and much more.

Recovery from snapshots is extremely fast as the company can restore files and application within minutes. When an SQL server VM became corrupted after patching, an Instant VM Recovery restored it quickly.

StoneFly DR365 Fusion Cluster also saves £50,000 in yearly tape costs because the solution backups up to disks. Prior to StoneFly DR365, the company used around 133 tapes each month to backup data. The last “first” is visibility. Real-time monitoring and alerting notify the UK operation of backup and performance issues, while resource optimization and capacity planning remove the guesswork from asset usage. Customized reporting provides concise pictures of resources and workloads.

The Result

  • Highly available IT Infrastructure always minimizes expensive downtime and data loss and that’s what DR365 Fusion Cluster was doing.
  • DR365 Fusion Cluster High speed recovery intensifies competitive advantage in gaining new business opportunities
  • DR365 Complete visibility supports resource optimization and proactive issue resolution

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