Thursday, 20 May 2010 17:10

AppAssures's Replay 4 Helps Manufacturer Cut Backup and Recovery Costs

By Anton Blotskiy

Manufacturer cuts backup and recovery costs with a 20x ROI after switching from Backup Exec and Tape Backup to AppAssures's Replay 4.

Reston, VA - AppAssure Software, Inc., a provider of award-winning innovative backup and disaster recovery solutions, announced today that its flagship backup and recovery product, Replay 4, has saved manufacturer Smith Brothers Furniture $25,000 after switching from Symantec's Backup Exec product.

'We rely on our information systems to reap the benefits of lean manufacturing here at Smith Brothers,' explained Derek Augsburger, Systems Administrator.  'We have only a four-hour inventory on hand to build our orders each day.  If any part of the data systems goes down, it literally stops production.  If systems are down, we lose money.'

With production loss calculated at $10,000 per hour that systems are offline, downtime is not an option for Smith Brothers.

Traditional nightly tape backups with Symantec's Backup Exec was both prohibitively expensive and inadequate for the amount of data Smith Brothers had, so Augsburger turned to Replay 4 and got exactly what he needed:

  • Continuous backup with a 15 minute recovery time objective
  • Recovery time reduced from days and hours to just minutes
  • Reduced disk space upwards of 80% with data deduplication and compression
  • Fast and easy object level recovery
  • Ability to set any time interval for backup snapshots
  • Easy, intuitive user interface

'Before Replay, data recovery took about 3 hours, pulling tape,' notes Augsburger. 'With Replay, we recovered the necessary data in 30 minutes total.  You could say Replay saved us about $25,000 just over the last year alone - with much more savings to come.  We got about a 20x ROI with Replay.'

With Replay, Augsburger can now meet his main objective to support production uptime and business continuity. 'This is a great product!  It does exactly what it's advertised to do, and it's absolutely cost effective. I know it's something that will save us in the future.'

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