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Customers Affirm EMC Leadership In VMware Backup

The company was facing a variety of data protection challenges due to its tape-based backup system, particularly with respect to the protection of approximately 1,000 virtual machines. Cal-Israel solved the full range of its challenges by implementing a comprehensive, integrated backup and recovery solution from EMC that leveraged EMC Avamar for its virtual environment. 

"With Avamar, our virtual machines achieve a deduplication rate of as much as 97 percent, and our backup and recovery performance has been significantly enhanced. For one backup group of about 300 servers, Avamar has reduced the backup window from twenty-four hours or more to between two and four hours. Avamar is simple to use and has been highly effective for our VMware environment. The SLA for file restores is now minutes --compared to hours or even days before, and we can efficiently replicate backups offsite to meet our regulatory requirements."

- Re'em Hazan, Data Protection and DRP Manager, Cal-Israel Credit Card Ltd.

St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System (SCHS) is Central Oregon's largest employer, with multiple medical treatment delivery facilities and over 3,000 caregivers. The SCHS team was protecting its IT environment with an aging IBM Tivoli tape-based system that was failure-prone, labor intensive and in need of a major upgrade. VMware backups at SCHS were running well past their nightly window, and their tape-based backup system was ill-equipped to keep pace with the velocity of the organization's virtual server growth. By using EMC backup and recovery solutions, SCHS saved $400,000 compared to the cost of upgrading its legacy system and solved a variety of data protection issues.  Using EMC Avamar for backup and recovery of its virtual environment, SCHS has reduced its nightly backup of its VMware environment window from eighteen hours to seven hours, while paving the way for increased virtualization levels.

"We anticipate yearly savings of over $130,000 from our Avamar system. Restores that were taking eight to ten hours now take only one to two hours. But what's really impacted our organization is the operational time savings. I can't emphasize enough how much our IT operation has improved now that our team is not spending all day on backups. Our in-house customers are excited about Avamar's ability to do file level as well as image level restores, and our IT team can focus more on building our virtual environment—with the full confidence that we can efficiently and effectively protect it."    

- Mike Crystal, Enterprise Architect for Servers and Storage, St. Charles Health System

TekLinks

TekLinks is a leading services provider of IP telephony, network security, data storage, backup, disaster recovery and hosting services to numerous businesses across the Gulf South states. The company has seen its data assets and infrastructure grow rapidly as more businesses have embraced its cloud-based services. With this growth, TekLinks faced increasing challenges keeping up with the operational demands its backup and disaster recovery services were placing on its staff, and with several different backup systems in use it was becoming more difficult and time consuming to track and verify what backup jobs were completing successfully. To more effectively address its clients' backup and disaster recovery needs and help accelerate its virtualization process, TekLinks introduced "TekVault," a new Backup as a Service offering based on EMC Avamar deduplication backup software and systems. TekLinks implemented Avamar in each of its three data centers-two of which are replicated for disaster recovery. Avamar Virtual Edition is used to deploy virtual Avamar servers at client sites. Today, most backup jobs of VMware environments for individual tenants complete in less than fifteen minutes over clients' existing network links versus eight hours or more previously, and restores typically take just minutes. TekLinks is now able to execute the majority of its nearly 1,000 daily full backup jobs within its 12 hour window using a single backup administrator, and its infrastructure is 90% virtualized with VMware vSphere.

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