Data management for the future
Traditionally, Laing O’Rourke had to manage the physical transportation and archiving of data
from more than 90 remote locations back to its centralised data centres. The data then had
to be stored and be accessible for a period of time before finally being archived. The
process was outdated, laborious, prone to delays, inefficient and vulnerable to human error
“After searching for a backup platform with a more robust management environment, Commvault
quickly set itself apart as a provider that could deliver our requirements,” said Paul
Petty, Infrastructure Development Lead at Laing O’Rourke.
By implementing Commvault, Laing O’Rourke was able to move to a tapeless backup system that seamlessly replicated data and applications from the onsite locations to a Microsoft Azure
public cloud infrastructure. This new software removed the time needed for the process and
dramatically increased the reliability of the backups.
“Introducing the tapeless backup system was a huge time saver,” added Petty. “Before it would
have taken anything between 10 to 11 hours to complete a daily backup, with Commvault it can
be done in a fraction of the time. This means that time otherwise taken up doing backup has
been used to improve the business as a whole, such as helping the development team, building
applications and helping the project teams in general.”
By implementing Commvault and eliminating the need for tape backup, Laing O’Rourke had laid
the foundation for a wider strategy to move backup to the cloud.
Embracing the cloud
While Laing O’Rourke opted for Commvault to address one challenge, it has found that the
solution is equipped to handle many others, providing a strong foundation for Laing
O’Rourke’s data strategy for years to come.
This ability to introduce new technology allowed Laing O’Rourke to work with Nutanix to
become an early adopter of hyper-converged infrastructure. This architecture model suits
Laing O’Rourke’s business model, but is also easily integrated into the overall data
management plan as Commvault enables workloads running on Nutanix to be efficiently
protected in the cloud.
Commvault software is cloud native, and has helped Laing O’Rourke to operate a ‘cloud-first’
model, by developing new cloud based solutions to address key business needs, using the
agility and scale of cloud services such as O365. Being able to ensure all data is secured,
whilst not falling back into point backup solutions, is an essential part of its cloud-first
strategy. By choosing to use Commvault as its data management platform, Laing O’Rourke has
been able to extend on-premises data management practices to the cloud and ensure common
policies and management are in use across its entire data landscape.
With a highly mobile workforce spread across so many locations and an increase in the amount
of sensitive data held by the organisation, endpoint protection is a significant issue for
Laing O’Rourke, especially with the emerging threat of ransomware. Endpoint backup provided
by Commvault has helped to address this concern.
Complying with GDPR
Additionally, as the legislation around data protection and management continues to evolve,
particularly as GDPR becomes law in 2018, Commvault is helping the company to prepare for
the legal requirements.
“GDPR is a big challenge, as we need to know where our data is at all times. Implementing
Commvault has given us tighter control over our data, an understanding of where our data is
and whether it complies with GDPR. This is becoming more important as the amount of
sensitive data the company is holding increases,” said Petty. “With Commvault, it is
possible to index and search data much quicker for our legal teams to make sure we are in
compliance with GDPR.”