A favorite moment for me was having one of our customers speak to the assembled group about their experience with NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup (NSB).
This particular customer (who I don’t have permission to identify publicly) is an organization of more than 20,000 employees spread across 1,500+ locations. The company’s IT environment is pushing 200 servers (physical and virtual), 50 terabytes of data and a Microsoft Exchange system of more than 10,000 mailboxes. Their backup environment was giving them a serious headache – long backup windows, slow restores, lots of tape to handle. Backup was also a full time job. They literally had a contractor on staff five days a week just to handle it! They were using a conventional backup product (you’d know the name if I said it).
Enter NSB. Let’s get right to what changed.
- Backup windows went from 18 hours to 30-45 minutes! Yes, you read that correctly. A 96% decrease in time!
- Restore times changed from 2-4 hours to restore a system to being back on line in 5 to 10 minutes.
- Messy tape shipments are gone, replaced by data replication (using SnapMirror). While the customer thankfully has not had to do a major restore, testing shows they could get all their tier 1 applications up and running in 1 to 2 hours should they lose their main data center.
- They no longer have a full-time contractor to run backups. Instead, data protection takes about 30 minutes of attention every few days, a huge boon to a busy IT organization.
I’d call that a major success at modernizing a conventional backup architecture!
My favorite part of the story though is how this customer came up with a new word for recovery. When the IT team restores information using NSB, they say we’re “Syncsorting” the data!
You can be “Syncsorting” your data too, assuming you like the idea of a 96% reduction in backup time and recovery in ten minutes or less. If you want to find out just how NSB can help you, please drop us a line.
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