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Data protection services for steel trader

Databarracks : 05 December, 2008  (Application Story)
Databarracks supplies managed online backup and disaster recovery service for worldwide steel trading group, Stemcor
Stemcor Holdings Limited, the world's largest independent steel trader, has chosen Databarracks, the leading provider of managed online backup and virtual disaster recovery services, to backup business critical data spread around 4 continents. After only 2 months, 25 of Stemcor's trading locations have their data automatically backed up to Databarracks' data centre.

Since its formation in 1951, Stemcor has grown to be the 4th largest private company in the United Kingdom with a turnover exceeding £5billion. As well as trading and shipping steel and raw materials, the company provides marketing, finance and logistics services to the global steel industry and was one of the pioneers in the industry to capitalise on online steel trading systems. Steel is one of the most common materials that we come into contact with every day. With a trading volume of over 20 million metric tons a year, the likelihood is that you are never more than a few metres away from steel that has been supplied by Stemcor.

Stemcor IT efforts involve cooperation between the offices worldwide, acceleration of the information flow and improvement on the availability of information to assure the realization of all business opportunities. In this scenario, their backup solution is the backbone of a structure built to provide availability, resilience and fast recovery time for terabytes of business critical data.

Although Stemcor looked for the best option on the market when they first sought an online backup solution, the results didn't seem to please. "We have been using what we considered as top breed technology to back up our critical data, however we were limited to backing up only 10 of our sites as the costs for growing our storage footprint was inhibitive, to say the least" - Steve Burkett, Network Administrator for Stemcor Holdings

Although using the same technology as their previous managed service provider, Databarracks have deployed a complete backup structure for Stemcor, allowing for the management of the whole information lifecycle of their data and a solution which now covers 25 of their global locations.

"By using all technology capabilities of an award winning software we were able to use a better compression, archiving tools and retention rules that will keep Stemcor's data storage space recyclable and easy to manage" , says Preet Ramanuj, Sales Executive for Databarracks.

"Databarracks has proved that is not just the technology that matters when you think about data security. Their level of service and knowledge of their product capabilities played a pivotal part which really impressed us about their service provision. We have 24/7 technical support available, assisted configuration of system, local storage copies for fast restores and double the amount of sites being backed up for a cheaper deal. To know that there will be no extra charges for restoration, support assistance, software updates, etc. makes it a winning case on the financial front as well", says Kim Richards, IT Technical Manager for Stemcor .

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