Mizuno USA Gets “great fit” with UBD Backup Solution; Achieves 50-70% Faster Restores & 50% Faster Backups
COMPANYMizuno USA Norcross, GA
INDUSTRYManufacturer, Wholesaler, Retailer, Distributor
IBM i Challenges
- Delays in restoring data from tape backups
- Travel required between company locations to manage physical tapes
- Difficult to perform full system saves
- Had to manually manage archiving and purging of backups
KEY SOLUTIONLaserVault UBD Universal Backup Device
- Restores 50-70% faster
- Ability to manage backups from one location; no need to travel to physical location
- Easier to manage than using tape
- Backup windows reduced by 50% over using tape
- Naming backups is easy
- Automatic purge of expired backups
- Easy to perform full system saves
- Simple to implement
- Cost effective backup solution
When it came to backing up their 2.5TB of iSeries data nightly, having multiple locations was a challenge for Mizuno USA. According to Butch Nelms, AS/400 Operations Manager, it was necessary to travel between their different facilities to physically manage the tape they used for their backups.
If there was a problem with a tape backup, Nelms would need to drive over an hour, often in the middle of the night, to fix it.
Initially, Mizuno added LaserVault Backup to their tape backup process to address some of their backup challenges. Although this was an improvement over using tape alone, it did not give them the flexibility and speed they wanted for their backups.
After looking at a number of solutions, Nelms choose UBD, the Universal Backup Device from LaserVault. According to Nelms it was the most cost effective solution that suited their needs.
“UBD addressed all of the problems we were trying to solve,” says Nelms. “We have 2 740 iSeries and it was simple to upgrade from using LaserVault Backup to UBD.
“We used to have to travel between our locations to move our backups from server to server,” states Nelms. “Now I can do it all from my work station at home if I need to.”
Nelms sums up their experience in switching to UBD for their backups:
“Although we backup from a replicated partition and time is not really an issue, our backup windows are now about 50% faster than using LaserVault Backup and tape.
“The real savings has been in restores which are now 50-70% faster. It does what physical tape did just a lot easier.
“It’s made managing our backups easy. I can name backups on the fly, and the ability to easily purge or archive backups is a great feature.
“UBD was very easy to implement and it’s a great product. We rely on it every day. Support has been very good and it’s been a great fit for Mizuno.”