NAKIVO Helps a Trucking Company Back Up 300 GB of Data in 20 Minutes

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Company Site: www.arrowtrans.net

Arrow Trans Corp, a trucking company from Illinois, United States, can back up 300 GB of data in 20 minutes with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

Business Challenge

Arrow Trans Corp is a trucking company based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States. The company’s owner and many office employees are former truck drivers, so, they know everything about the industry. On top of that, Arrow Trans Corp regularly sends its teams for training to gain knowledge to maintain the company’s growth rate. That growth requires new IT investments in custom applications and other technologies.

Arrow Trans Corp operates from just one site and their IT infrastructure consists of 20 physical servers and 15 virtual machines. The company manages the whole trucking business using virtual machines that store various applications, web data, the PBX phone system and Linux server applications. Arrow Trans Corp decided to start virtualizing their environment using VMware to ensure availability for their customers. Minimizing downtime was one of the company’s top priorities, as well as ensuring reliable and fast VM backup and recovery.

Arrow Trans Corp’s IT team started converting physical servers into virtual machines to simplify processes. However, the new VMware setup also required a data protection solution for the virtual environment. Previously, all the backups were done manually, and the IT team spent too much time performing these routine activities. Once the IT team began using VMware, the amount of data stored and processed grew, as the company started using new applications for running the company. Thus, the IT team could no longer back up everything manually. A new approach was necessary, one that would allow automating data protection. “We wanted a cost-effective data protection solution that was easy to set up and use. Also, we wanted to spend less time on backup management, while at the same time, improve backup performance,” says Adam Groch, System and Network Administrator at Arrow Trans Corp.

Solution

NAKIVO Backup & Replication was deployed by Arrow Trans Corp to help the company achieve its goal of availability for its customers by automating and simplifying VM backup and recovery. Adam was already familiar with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, having used the software at his previous job. This made the transition particularly smooth for Arrow Trans Corp. Currently, NAKIVO Backup & Replication is deployed as a pre-configured VMware virtual appliance at the company. This type of deployment is very simple, as there is no need to prepare a VM and install an operating system. “Installing and configuring NAKIVO Backup & Replication was a good experience for us and we also appreciate the software’s support team level of knowledge,” says Adam.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication combines VM backup and replication in a single solution and provides near-instant recovery of full VMs and individual files for Arrow Trans Corp. The company enjoys the simplicity of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, as backup and replication jobs are easy to schedule on a daily or hourly basis. “Previously, we had to copy our data manually from physical servers and that was an extremely time consuming job. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the entire process is automated, giving the IT team more time to focus on other IT projects. Moreover, we are satisfied with the performance and reliability we have seen so far, as 300 GB of data can be backed up in literally 20 minutes,” says Adam.

Restoring an entire VM required too much time and too many resources for Arrow Trans in the past. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, instant VM recovery helps the company recover all their VMs in 10 to 20 minutes. In addition, instant file recovery, helps the company recover individual files near-instantly, in case users delete them accidentally.

Results

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, Arrow Trans Corp protects its critical data reliably and ensures availability of that data for their customers. Virtual machines can be backed up and replicated on a daily or hourly basis, while entire virtual machines and individual files can be recovered in a few minutes. Backing up 300 GB of data just takes 20 minutes. Also, since NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides automated data protection for the company, the IT team can now work on other IT tasks. “NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a reliable backup solution that provides us with ease-of-use and increased backup performance. Before, the whole process was hard and time-consuming, while now everything is simple and automated. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a cost-effective solution that helps us minimize risks of downtime and data loss,” says Adam.

About Arrow Trans Corp

Arrow Trans Corp is based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, which is the heart of trucking in Midwest America. The company started as a small family business back in 2009 and rapidly grew over the last years. Arrow Trans Corp services not only customers in the US, but also in Canada. Arrow Trans Corp also has a lot of long lasting relationships with brokers from various brokerage companies, as well as drivers who are experienced, skilled, and prepared for every road condition. The company hauls various loads, as their equipment is reliable and well prepared for every challenge. The company’s main goal is customer satisfaction; thus, they take timely service very serious. For more information, please visit www.arrowtrans.net.