Case Study: Nashville Wire boosts efficiency and scalability

Manufacturing firm reduces costs and simplifies data protection across multiple sites and assets with Commvault

The challenge

  • Protect growing data volumes from greater digitalization of manufacturing processes
  • Support the move from a VMware to Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure
  • Maximize the reliability and scalability of backup and recovery operations

The solution

  • Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance and Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery protect around 20 terabytes of data across multiple sites and assets
  • Commvault Command Center™ simplifies remote management
  • Flexible backup policies minimize storage requirements

The benefits

  • 4:1 deduplication rate reduces storage consumption and costs
  • Supports digitalization road map and boosts competitive advantage
  • Increases business agility and efficiency

Increased digitalization across production facilities

Digital is the future of manufacturing – and Nashville Wire is leading the charge. Ongoing investment in the latest manufacturing technology, including robotic systems, allows the wire manufacturer to follow through on its promise to its customers: to deliver exactly what they need exactly when they need it.

With Commvault, we can protect any new asset, which means we can continue to be a digital pioneer in our sector.

Monica Stancik, Director of Information Technology, Nashville Wire

With Commvault, our backup storage needs only increase by minute amounts.

Monica Stancik, Director of Information Technology

Less than 12 hours to back up 60 servers.

Monica Stancik, Director of Information Technology

Boasting an employee population of 900 across 15 locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico, family-owned Nashville Wire Products “turns wire into wonderful.” The company manufactures material handling products to outfit warehouses and distribution centers, designs engineered components for major appliance brands, and fabricates custom retail displays found in stores and shops around the world. To support its digital ambitions, Nashville Wire elected to migrate from VMware to the Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure offered by Nutanix. “We need to be able to support growing volumes of data as well as legacy and new IT systems,” explains Monica Stancik, Director of Information Technology at Nashville Wire.

Flexible protection across multiple sites and platforms

The company’s legacy backup and recovery solution could not protect its new virtual environment. “We needed a modern, scalable, reliable and easy-to-manage data protection solution that would allow us to protect new sources of manufacturing data as we increase digital capabilities at our production facilities,” says Stancik. “Commvault was the only solution on the market to support both Acropolis and VMware – and it also has a great reputation.”

A proof of concept confirmed that Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance with its built-in Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery capabilities could protect the two environments and allow the company to back up and restore files and servers at remote locations from a central console. In fact, Nashville Wire was one of the first adopters of the Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance. “With Commvault, we can continue to protect our legacy environment while we migrate to our new one,” explains Stancik. “Taking the risk on being the first customer to use the appliance has really paid off.”

Commvault consultants helped Nashville Wire complete the deployment in early 2018. “Commvault taught me a lot over the course of the implementation,” says Stancik. “The support team has been fantastic, taking the time to walk our team through any questions. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

Housed in a remote data center, the Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance protects 20 terabytes of data across a range of technology platforms including six Acropolis and 15 VMware host servers. It also protects SQL Server databases, Navision (Dynamics NAV) and Exchange solutions from Microsoft alongside file servers, CAD applications, and the Sage X3 business management suite. “With Commvault, we can back up all 60 servers within 12 hours,” adds Stancik. Commvault agents hosted on distributed servers allow Nashville Wire to manage protection remotely across multiples sites. Stancik comments: “Commvault Command Center™ is really cool! It orchestrates the agents so we can manage protection centrally across different locations and assets.

Those assets are protected using a variety of different policies. For example, Nashville Wire runs weekly full backups for its servers with incremental backups scheduled on a daily basis while database log files are backed up in full daily with an incremental backup every 30 minutes.

Lower storage consumption and costs

Incremental backup capabilities along with a deduplication rate of 4:1 ensure storage requirements are kept to a minimum, which helps to save on hardware costs. “Commvault deduplication is outstanding! We’ve had systems in the past that promised deduplication capabilities but failed to deliver. With Commvault, our backup storage needs only increase by minute amounts,” says Stancik.

With the deduplication happening locally on the remote servers, the amount of data that needs to be copied to the data center is minimal. “We’ve only used half of the 47 terabytes of backup storage available on our central appliance to store a year’s worth of backups for 20 terabytes of data,” confirms Stancik.

With the Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance ensuring scalability, Nashville Wire has no concerns about meeting future protection requirements as data volumes increase and digitalization gains momentum. Commvault continues to power Nashville Wire’s digital transformation. “Commvault has exceeded our expectations: it’s awesome!” comments Stancik. “With Commvault, we can protect any new assets, which means we can continue to be a digital pioneer in our sector.”

At-a-glance: Nashville Wire

Industry: Manufacturing

Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.

By the numbers

  • 15 locations
  • 900 employees

Key assets protected

  • Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure
  • VMware virtual machines
  • Microsoft SQL Server databases
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • 20 terabytes of data

Backup environment

  • Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance
  • Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery