TTX Takes Control of Copy Data Using Actifio, Saves $1.37 Million Over 3 Years
September 10, 2013
America’s Leading Transportation Logistics Provider Expects 127% Return on Investment, Shrinks IT Costs and Development Times for Flagship Database with Actifio Copy Data Storage
WALTHAM, Mass. – September 10, 2013 – Actifio™, the radically simple copy data storage company, today announced that its Copy Data Storage platform has been selected and deployed by TTX Company, one of the nation’s leading providers of rail car and related freight rail management services, to cut infrastructure costs by $1.37 Million dollars while improving the availability of their mission critical databases and resiliency of their entire IT environment.
Since deploying Actifio, TTX has eliminated 3 separate backup and replication technologies and saved on storage capacity for copy data, ETL offload, and recovery site storage. Overall, TTX expects 127% return on investment by the end of year three based on the elimination of backup disk requirements, and maintenance of legacy solutions.
The cornerstone of TTX’s technology infrastructure is an application that tracks the movement of freight rail cars across the country. Prior to working with Actifio, TTX underwent a five to six year technology transformation project to migrate this flagship application database from mainframe to open systems. This critical task consisted of moving 100 terabytes of data, 30 to 40 percent of which were copies maintained by snapshot and replication tools. During the course of the migration, the project became even more complex by requiring that nine copies of its production data be created due to the parallel development that occurred.
According to Bruce Schinelli, CIO, TTX, “Managing, backing up and maintaining so much redundant information was a major problem that was growing exponentially. As the backbone of our operations, every bit of information stored in that database is key, and it’s essential that the data be efficiently managed in real time. We were starting to see that our current storage system wouldn’t be able to keep up, and when you add that to the perpetual – and growing – maintenance cost of that system, it forced us to closely examine our storage strategy.”
Given the appeal of a single, unified storage management ecosystem, TTX examined storage virtualization, but was concerned with handling replication and recovery, and creating backups for each of its backup systems. TTX turned to Actifio for an initial proof of concept and applied the company’s copy data storage platform to a quality assurance (QA) copy of its database to evaluate it in a low-risk scenario. With Actifio, TTX is now able to actively move production data from a legacy primary array to new various storage subsystems without any application outages. This allows TTX to perform maintenance and other tasks without causing a disruption to the services provided to the organization and industry.
“It handled all of our mission critical database backups that we had previously relied on another several other products for,” said Schinelli. “We were really able to see the power and value of the platform when a hiccup in the underlying storage occurred; because of Actifio we were able to restart during the process of the conversion and we did not lose any of our data.”
Actifio Copy Data Storage is optimized for managing copies of data, eliminating redundant silos of infrastructure and data management applications. By virtualizing the management and retention of data, Actifio transforms the need for multiple data silos and point tools deployed for backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance, analytics, and test and development into one, SLA-driven, virtualized storage system.
“Companies like TTX are investing serious resources to maintain redundant copies of data and are starting to realize that the technology they’ve relied on for years is starting to buckle under today’s quickly expanding datacenter. Actifio gives them a new, better way to manage their data,” said Ash Ashutosh, CEO, Actifio. “Our partnership with TTX has alleviated the concerns they had with virtualization and created a widespread business impact by cleaning up their data footprint. We help make sure that vital information is updated in real time and maintained as efficiently as possible.”
TTX Company has been a unique and creative provider to the rail industry since 1955. TTX was created to provide North America’s leading railroads with a reliable pool of railcars. Today, TTX’s fleet has grown to more than 200,000 flatcars, boxcars and gondolas. TTX provides everything from logistics management to car repair; always ready to provide a fleet to move commodities across North America.
Actifio is radically simple copy data management. Our copy data storage platform allows enterprises to access anything, instantly. Actifio eliminates siloed data protection applications, virtualizing data management to deliver an application-centric, SLA-driven solution that decouples the management of data from storage, network and server infrastructure. Actifio has helped liberate IT organizations and service providers of all sizes from vendor lock-in and the management challenges associated with exploding data growth. Actifio is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with offices around the world. For more information, please visit https://www.actifio.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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