JSC August supports business growth with Commvault and Fujitsu

Russian chemical producer recovers SAP HANA data instantly and ensures seamless business operations

Challenges

  • Lack of a data protection solution compatible with SAP HANA and changing infrastructure environment
  • Need for flexible and easy-to-use backup system to minimize disruption to operations and support continuous growth

Solution

  • Deployed two Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c appliances with Commvault Complete™ Data Protection to back up and recover SAP HANA data and store virtual machine backup copies
  • Fujitsu assisted JSC August with the configuration and installation of the first appliance with Commvault software and provided technical support to JSC August’s IT team
  • JSC August deployed the second Fujitsu Appliance two years later due to the growth of SAP data

Results

  • Completed backup operations in 1.5 hours
  • Restored the full SAP HANA database in less than 50 minutes
  • Enabled instant recovery of lost data and minimized disruption to manufacturing operations
  • Deployed the first Fujitsu appliance with Commvault software in just a few days and the second appliance in only few hours
  • Empowered JSC August’s IT team to focus on strategic tasks by providing a reliable and scalable data management solution that is seamlessly compatible with SAP HANA and virtual machines

Industry

Chemicals/Manufacturing

Location

Moscow, Russia

URL

https://www.avgust.com/

At a glance panel: JSC August

  • Largest chemical plant operator and pesticide producer in Russia
  • Employs 4,000 people across multiple production sites in Russia and Belarus

Key assets protected

  • 16TB of front-end data, including SAP HANA enterprise resource planning (ERP) system
  • 24TB back-end data on disk and tape media for long-term storage
  • 135 virtual machines

The backup environment

  • Commvault Complete Data Protection
  • Two Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c appliances

“We considered other vendors, such as Veritas and EMC, but decided that the combination of Commvault with the Fujitsu appliance was the best fit for our business needs.”

– Roman Kalyadin, Head of SAP Infrastructure Group, JSC August

“Commvault is a leader in the data protection industry, giving us confidence that we can quickly restore our critical SAP HANA data without interruption to production sites.”

– Roman Kalyadin, Head of SAP Infrastructure Group, JSC August

“Without a doubt, the speed and performance of Commvault Complete Data Protection was impressive. It ran so seamlessly that our team was not even distracted from their main activities.”

– Roman Kalyadin, Head of SAP Infrastructure Group, JSC August

Ensuring availability of SAP HANA ERP data

JSC August is the largest Russian producer of chemical protection and pesticide products. Founded in 1990 and growing dramatically ever since, it is now one of the world’s top ten producers of chemical plant protection products. JSC August operates several production sites in Russa and Belarus.

JSC August deployed SAP HANA for its ERP processes back in 2017 – with good results. But it wasn’t easy. In fact, the company had to build the infrastructure for SAP HANA from scratch, including the local area network, computing power, SAN storage, and backup. A flexible, fully compatible data protection solution was an obvious necessity right from the start.

After evaluating various vendors, JSC August implemented the first Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c appliance with pre-installed Commvault Complete Data Protection software. Two years later, the company installed the second Fujitsu appliance due to the infrastructure growth.

“We considered other vendors, such as Veritas and EMC, but decided that the combination of Commvault with the Fujitsu appliance was the best fit for our business needs,” said Roman Kalyadin, Head of SAP Infrastructure Group at JSC August. “Commvault is a leader in the data protection industry, giving us confidence that we can quickly restore our critical SAP HANA data without interruption to production sites.”

Instant recovery of data minimizes disruption to business operations

With the Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c appliances and Commvault software fully deployed, Kalyadin and his teams are able to complete backup operations in less than 1.5 hours and restore the full SAP HANA database in less than 50 minutes. This level of efficiency allows IT staff to focus on more strategic tasks for the business.

“Without a doubt, the speed and performance of Commvault Complete Data Protection was impressive. It ran so seamlessly that our team was not even distracted from their main activities,” said Kalyadin.

After implementing Commvault Complete Data Protection, JSC August gained a stable and reliable solution to instantly recover lost files and move data between SAP landscapes with no inconvenience to users or disruption of business operations.

“Commvault is easy to operate and scale. Its compatibility with SAP HANA and the virtualized infrastructure supports our growing business,” said Kalyadin.

Fast and easy deployment

Fujitsu consultants configured and installed the first ETERNUS CS200c appliance with Commvault Complete Data Protection based on JSC August’s business requirements. Kalyadin and his team also built the virtualized infrastructure simultaneously while monitoring the installation process. The entire implementation was completed in just a few days, with only 1.5 days needed to install Commvault software.

With the growth of SAP infrastructure, JSC August deployed the second Fujitsu appliance on their own two years after the first deployment. It took just a few hours to complete the installation.

After the implementation, Fujitsu provided continuous technical support to JSC August. The IT department can now manage and support daily operation of the appliances and the Commvault data protection solution without any difficulties.

As a result of this successful deployment, JSC August expanded its backup data volume and purchased another 32TB disk space for storing backup copies in the Fujitsu appliances.