Case Study: DC backup and DR

We helped India’s leading television entertainment network architect, deploy, and manage their data backup system.

Industry

Media and entertainement

Offering

Cloud IaaS Engineering

Workload

DC, Servers & Data

Cloud

Azure

Project scope

— Cloud data backup

— Disaster recovery

About the client

The client is a leading media company in India that owns and operates 31 popular channels across film, entertainment, sports. These are available in 167 countries and reach over 700 million people in India alone.

Business challenges

  • The client operated around 30 servers in its Mumbai offices, each handling about 5Tb of data.
  • The files and folders on these servers were being backed up using a Symantec Tape Backup solution with backups taken daily, weekly, and monthly, and retained for 30 days, 365 days and 7 years respectively.
  • They wanted a backup solution that was an easy-to-manage alternative to tapes for 10Tb of data.

Solution

We recommended that the client sunset the existing solution and switch to cloud backup on Azure as they already had an EA subscription with Microsoft. This would be not only more scalable and easier to manage but also bring cost advantages and offer security and disaster recovery options in case of DC or city-level failures.

Our approach

Planning

Backup Provisioning

Replication & Retrieval

01. Planning

  • Azure backup server deployment.
  • Azure backup server storage requirement.
  • Data backup and protection.
  • Disk-Disk-Cloud backup frequency and retention policy.
  • Plan for data recovery.
  • Plan for protection groups.

02. Backup Provisioning

  • Created a new Azure subscription under the 1CloudHub CSP subscription.
  • Deployed vault recovery services.
  • Established credentials to authenticate the on-premise Azure backup server installation.
  • Installed the Azure backup server on the provided VM on premise.
  • Set up protection groups and installed protection agent.

03. Replication & Retrieval

  • Established backup replicas and synchronization between source data and replicas.
  • Tested retrievals: restore disk to disk backup and restore cloud to risk backup.
  • Set up replication monitoring.

Outcomes

Eliminated the need for tapes by setting up Azure backup with a retention period of 99 years.

Successfully backed up 2DCs, 40 servers, and 10Tb of data to Azure.

Enabled geo-redundancy.

Looking forward

We are delighted to be the ones to introduce the client to the many advantages of the cloud. Our Managed Services team offers them continued support post go-live to facilitate easy infra management.

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