The challenge of multiple technologies

Client: Fortune 500 Oil & Gas

Environment: 8,000 servers across 10 zones running NetBackup, Backup Exec, TSM, ARCserve and Networker

The Problem: The client, a partner responsible for delivering IT services to a FTSE100 company with global operations, opted to replace a number of regionally-aligned incumbent suppliers to improve performance, reduce costs and take advantage of a single, global backup provider to deliver contractual service goals and improve visibility to the end customer.

What we did: As with any client onboarding, but particularly for a client of this size and complexity, we implemented a formal methodology to establish the service which included:

• Target service level agreement established through information gathering, due diligence and stakeholder interviews.

• Execution of a 12 week structured transition project

• Adoption of four control gates for each server environment with formal acceptance criteria and client sign-off.

The managed backup service includes the following features:

• 24x7x365 operation delivering to SLA

• Backup success contracted to 98.5% but regularly exceeds 99.5%

• Repeat backup failures (>5 days in a row) brought down from a take-on average of 7.6% to under 0.15% across the global estate

• Daily operational and management reporting with quarterly service delivery reviews

• Execution of a wide range of backup-related projects

Outcome: By adopting a structured approach through the phased onboarding process with our highly qualified service delivery team, the engagement has been seen as a great success. The benefits seen by the client include:

• Seamless service transition completed ahead of schedule

• Backup improvements and restore success from day one

• Contractual cost savings achieved

• Enhanced performance and visibility of critical backups (e.g. top 20 business applications, quarter-end close)

• Significant improvements in communication and incident management.



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