NAKIVO Accelerates VM Backup 11X while Reducing Costs 52% for a Leading Czech Republic Manufacturer

Company Profile

Doosan Škoda Power is a major global manufacturer and supplier of high-performance steam turbines and related devices for the power industry. The company dates back to 1904, when Doosan Škoda Power's antecedent produced the first 412 kW steam turbine. Since 1904 there has been a rapid expansion of the company's turbine production, stimulated by growing worldwide demand for electricity.

Doosan Škoda Power is a modern, dynamic company, which products rightly belong to the best available on the global market. Doosan Škoda Power has been manufacturing steam turbines for over 100 years, and all of the production experience gained over this period of time is incorporated into the design of their new products.

Doosan Škoda Power is a respected supplier of steam turbines from 10 MW to 1,200 MW. Through ongoing research and development, the company constantly refines their products and drives world-class innovation. Doosan Škoda Power offers high efficiency combined with extreme reliability and operational flexibility, and all that at a reasonable price.

Doosan Škoda Power is leading the way in next-generation technology. Their research and development program, supported by increased funding every year, guarantees continuous improvement and future innovations. The company constructs advanced scientific systems and processes while seeking the most effective and efficient way of working. This enables the company to establish a firm foundation on which people and business can grow together. Visit www.doosanskodapower.com for more information.

Business Challenge

IT infrastructure at Doosan Škoda Power relies on VMware-based infrastructure to host their business-critical systems. The VMs store end user data and perform various functions, serving as ERP servers, PLM file servers, print servers, and so on.

In the past, the VMs were protected manually by creating a copy of the powered off VM files. This approach had a number of disadvantages: backup of VMs was very slow, it could be done only when VMs were offline, and backups could be easily missed. In case of a data loss or a disaster, recovery could take hours or even days of work.

"We had to improve our VMware data protection strategy and establish an automated way to safeguard our virtual infrastructure and backup all user data," says Roman Sobota, IT Infrastructure Engineer at Doosan Škoda Power. "Because if some data or a whole VMs was lost, it would affect our business in a big way."

Roman has set out to investigate VMware VM backup, replication, and recovery solutions available on the market.

Solution

After looking for available VM backup products Roman came across NAKIVO Backup & Replication. "We have created a small test VMware environment and tried VM backup and restore using NAKIVO," he says. "It installed very quickly, had a simple user interface, and created a VM backup very fast."

NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows using the "set it and forget it" approach: after creation, VM backup and replication jobs run automatically on a schedule without any intervention and job results are sent via email to specified email addresses.

Most of all, Roman has appreciated the storage space reduction capabilities of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The product provides built-in data deduplication which works at the block level across entire backup repository. This means that only unique data blocks are saved in the backup repository while duplicates are discarded and a reference to available ones is made. On top of that, the unique data blocks are compressed to further reduce the backup size and the compression level can be adjusted to optimize either for faster backups or for a smaller backup size.

Results

Doosan Škoda Power now leverages NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their business-critical VMware VMs. Compared to their previous VM backup approach, the company spends 11X less time on VMware VM backup maintenance. "Now we have safe backups of all our servers without any business impact," says Roman. "And compared to alternative solutions available on the market, we have saved 52% on licensing and maintenance costs."

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