L.K. Bennett Ditches Tape for Asigra’s Online Backup
September 24, 2013 Alex Woodie
L.K. Bennett has developed a reputation for selling high-end luxury shoes, clothing, handbags, and other accessories. Since being founded in 1990, the privately held company has found success, and now counts more than 174 retail outlets around the globe.
Supporting this company is a complex IT environment consisting of physical and virtual servers from IBM, HP, and Dell connected over a multi-protocol label-switching (MPLS) network. Up until recently, the privately held company relied on tape drives to back up 14 TB of worth of production IBM i and Windows data.
However, the tape-based approach was starting to deteriorate for L.K. Bennett. The backups were starting to exceed the backup windows, and the company was experiencing corrupted tape backups that impacted its capability to recover from potential disasters.
L.K. Bennett brought in Backup Technology Limited (BTL), a business partner of Asigra, which recommended the company implement the Asigra Cloud Backup Connector Appliance, which is a Cisco 2921 integrated services router and UCS E-Series server blade pre-installed with Asigra’s cloud backup software.
According to a case study, the system allows L.K. Bennett to store backups at its two UK data centers, located in London and Manchester. In addition to backing up data on servers, it also backups up data on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
“Through a centralized online monitoring portal, we receive guaranteed backup and recovery for all of our data systems as a professional and fully managed service,” said David Van Eck, head of IT at L.K. Bennett. “The backup forms the basis for our enterprise-wide data recovery solution, which is essential to L.K. Bennett.”