Luzhou Laojiao increases backup success rate by 85 percent and supports business growth with Commvault
Chinese liquor manufacturer achieves 60 percent reduction in RPO and 50 percent reduction in RTO while improving operational efficiency
- A lack of centralized control over 20 TB of fragmented data across multiple platforms, including SAP HANA, VMware, SQL Server, Oracle and including TST and IMG files
- No unified, easily-operated means of effective data protection
- Competing data protection requirements from compliance and business expansion perspectives
- Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery simplified backups and data storage
- Support for centralized data protection without scripts
- Media-agnostic disc storage, supporting multiple media types
- Eighty-five percent increase in backup success rate and 90 percent increase in recovery success rate
- Sixty percent faster and 70 percent more successful disaster recovery with granular recovery
- Sixty percent reduction in RPO and 50 percent in RTO, helping to raise these SLAs from 99 percent to 99.99 percent
- Improved data availability and security while meeting compliance with data protection regulations for listed companies
- Support for future data growth by making it easier to plan disaster recovery strategy
- Operating since 1573
- International operations began in 2012
- Worth approximately CN ¥100 billion (US $15.75 billion) in 2018
- Twenty terabytes of data protected
- Two terabytes of incremental data backed up across SAP HANA, VMware, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and including TST and IMG files
Key assets protected
- SAP HANA
- VMware vSphere 6.5
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Oracle and Files
The backup environment
- Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery
Consolidating and protecting data with effective centralized controls
For a distillery tracing its origins back to the Ming Dynasty, Luzhou Laojiao strives to remain forward-thinking and launched its digital transformation in the 1990s. Today, a range of applications and IT platforms are indispensable for its day-to-day operations, and losing data from any one of its platforms could cause disastrous financial consequences for the company. But as Luzhou Laojiao expanded its business and went public, vital data remained fragmented without any centralized control, while internal and regulatory pressures for stringent data protection increased.
“Fragmented data and the lack of centralized data protection measures have always been serious concerns for us as they pose a significant risk of data loss, which could result in losing more than U.S. $100,000 per day,” says Ping Zhang, Luzhou Laojiao Director of Digital Development Center. “ After deploying Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery with support from our partner, Polystor, backup and recovery success rates increased by 85 percent and 90 percent, respectively. In terms of disaster recovery, speeds are 60 percent faster and the success rate has improved by 70 percent when restoring individual files or database tables.”
Improving reliability and service levels
In addition to enhancing the reliability and consistency of backup and recovery processes, the company has significantly reduced RPO and RTO by 60 percent and 50 percent, respectively. Luzhou Laojiao’s SLA also rose to 99.99 percent from 99 percent .
“Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery has accelerated our recovery process to the point that we now measure our RTO in hours or even minutes, rather than days,” says Zhang.
Modernizing practices for a timeless brand
Luzhou Laojiao aims to become a dominant player in the production of “Baijiu,” a traditional Chinese grain liquor, by expanding from its base in southern Sichuan to achieve worldwide distribution. The company adheres to the strict standards and proven methods that have garnered countless honors and awards, but now it’s focused on boosting efficiency and streamlining processes. A key part of its digital transformation was to improve its data protection and disaster recovery strategies.
Commvault’s integrated solution provides smart and effective data protection, for example, by deduplicating data when transferring backup data to disaster recovery sites. This has reduced storage requirements and enabled automated recovery.
“One of the reasons we chose Commvault was because its backup solution is script-free and supports a variety of storage media, so we have the flexibility to use the most convenient media at each backup stage,” says Zhang. “These advantages, together with robust technical support from the pre-sales and after-sales teams, significantly reduce our workload when we plan and execute disaster recovery strategies.”
Furthermore, Commvault software generates detailed and intuitive reports to help Luzhou Laojiao monitor all aspects of data protection, including backup status, data types, data volume and backup performance. These insights enable the company to promptly identify weak points in its data protection approach and develop optimal strategies to support future growth.
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