COMPANY: Foster’s Inc.
INDUSTRY: Retail Food Industry
- Slow tape backups
- Need to eliminate dependency on tape
- Must work with IBM i and ExaGrid systems
IBM i SYSTEM: POWER i9
LaserVault ViTL Virtual Tape Library Emulation Solution
- Significant improvement in backup windows
- Ease of use
- Well rated solution at a good price
Foster’s Foods, based in the Cayman Islands, has been on a steady expansion route since it was founded in 1980. It’s survived hurricanes, and in 2014 it was named the IGA International Retailer of the Year. In 2019 it was rebranded, now called “Foster’s.”
So it’s not surprising that this growing company would need to enhance its computer system as well, because tape backups were too labor-intensive and time consuming to handle and keep up with business demands. Their goal was to eliminate their dependency on using physical tape.
Foster’s chose LaserVault ViTL to solve its backup management needs for their IBM Power 9. Foster’s backs up approximately 2 TB nightly and use ViTL in conjunction with their ExaGrid appliance for deduplication and replication.
A virtual tape solution for backup and recovery of IBM Power Systems, Laser ViTL automates previously manual processes, and by combining ViTL and ExaGrid solutions, you gain improved backup performance, fast and reliable data restores and rapid recovery from system or site disasters.
According to Leon Schvartz, Foster’s Information Technology Executive Manager,
“We have seen a significant improvement over regular tape. We chose ViTL because it came well rated and at a good price.”
“We remain very pleased with the ViTL solution and use it daily. LaserVault ViTL is working exceptionally well!”
They appreciate ViTL’s ease of use, and on a scale of 1 – 10, when it comes to recommending it to others, Leon rates LaserVault ViTL a solid 10.