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How Estes Express survived a data center flood disaster with LTO tape data protection

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A hurricane completely destroyed our data center! Fortunately, 100% of our data was saved the previous night …

A hurricane completely destroyed our data center! Fortunately, 100% of our data was saved the previous night
on tape off-site. We now use a very comprehensive and strategic blend of disk, virtualization, and LTO tape to
manage performance, data growth, data protection and costs. Learn how we do it!

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  • 1. Estes Data Processing Services Dick Cosby EDPS Systems Administrator estes-express.com
  • 2. Agenda:
    • Challenge
      • Elimination of nightly backup window
        • Independent of data volume increases
      • Elimination of interruptions to production server jobs (24x7 availability)
      • Eliminate night operators
      • Mandatory requirement for daily point-in-time backups
      • Eliminate complex software replication
      • Need for cost effective, fast, secure and reliable off-site, long-term storage
      • Provide 100% reliable data recovery for unplanned outage or disaster
    • Solution
      • Virtualization with…
      • SAN Storage servers
      • LTO Tape Libraries
      • FlashCopy data snapshots
    • Framework for remote Disaster Recovery process
  • 3. HURRICANE GASTON Tape backup used for Disaster Recovery
  • 4. Flood Disaster Recovery at EDPS Hurricane Gaston August 30, 2004 14 inches of rain in 8 hours Ground floor (Data Center) flooded with 4.5’ water for 12 hours Total loss of hardware, networks, phone systems, generator, utility power Any Good News??
  • 5. Flood Disaster Recovery at EDPS Hurricane Gaston August 30, 2004 14 inches of rain in 8 hours Ground floor (Data Center) flooded with 4.5’ water for 12 hours Total loss of hardware, networks, phone systems, generator, utility power Any Good News?? Yes!! We had a tape backup of 100% of our data off site, made the night before.
  • 6. Tape Backup Process
    • Components include a tiered storage environment:
    • System Storage SAN Servers
    • LTO Tape Libraries
    • Tape management utility on data backup servers
    • System Storage Copy Utilities
    • Off-site LTO tape storage
  • 7. Tape Backup Process Flush IASP-A SysBas SAN Storage SysBas
    • Steps:
    • Make point-in-time data snapshot available to backup serve
    • Begin LTO tape backup copy
  • 8. Tape Backup Process Prod. SAN Server Flush IASP-A SysBas Multi-path Fibre SysBas Point-in-Time snapshot Available on backup server Data saved to LTO Library LTO Tape sent off-site
  • 9. Tape Backup Process Prod. SAN Server Flush IASP-A SysBas Multi-path Fibre SysBas Production Server users are unaware of the backup process taking place
  • 10. Tape Backup Process Prod. SAN Server Flush IASP-A IASP-A SysBas Multi-path Fibre SysBas After the snapshot is executed, a 100% point-in-time copy of the Production data is available to our backup LPARs and backed up to LTO FlashCopy Volumes FlashCopy Volumes
  • 11. Tape Backup Process Flush IASP-A IASP-A SysBas SAN Storage SysBas With our LTO Library, 100% of our production data is saved every night, 365 days a year, without operator intervention or production interruption LTO Library FlashCopy Volumes FlashCopy Volumes
  • 12.
    • No production interruption
    • No save window
    • LTO Library Reliability
    • No operators, Lights out operations
    • Set it and forget it
    Benefits
    • ‘ Point-in-Time ’ snapshot of data
    • Single vendor source for Production Servers, SAN Storage, LTO Tape Library, Software, Maintenance
    • LTO tapes sent to off-site tape storage same day
    • Copy of data on-line & available until next Copy cycle begins
  • 13.
    • High reliability, 0.999999 Availability
    • Scalable, Generation-tolerant
    • Virtualized, available to all servers
    • Low cost of ownership, very GREEN !
    • Flexible, Simple to implement & manage
    LTO Benefits
    • Remote operations, Browser controls
    • Tape encryption with LTO4 and LTO5
    • High performance
      • Critical for fast data restores
    • High cartridge capacity, low cost
  • 14. Additional…Storage Stories
    • Legal Directive…do not delete any data
    • Remote Site Install…150TBs…easy!
    • Isolated from Virus Corruption
    • Permanent long-term storage
    • Encrypted for secure shipments
  • 15. DR Environment Tape benefits . Maximizing critical data protection with LTO *LTO Technology: Highest reliability, lowest cost * Tape Economically complements DeDuplication and data snapshots by completing data protection process * Simple to operate, low staff training * Tape Encryption provided for data security * Tape Provides Off-line storage, no power cost, Protects against On-line Corruption Risks * Highly mobile without technology, safe for low-cost shipments and storage *LTO technology enhancements more than meet demands for data protection
  • 16. DICK COSBY [email_address]