Johannesburg, South Africa
African financial services provider Liberty Group Ltd. must retain certain customer-related data for decades. Its legacy tape-based approach to long-term data retention was expensive, time-consuming to manage, and slow in restoring files.
The company transitioned from the tape-based infrastructure to a digital one, using Veritas NetBackup™ Appliances for primary backups, then transferring to a Veritas Access Appliance for longer-term storage. For backups that require retention beyond a year, NetBackup replicates to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.
Liberty now uses Veritas NetBackup for data protection, the Veritas Access Appliance for long-term storage, Veritas InfoScale™ for storage virtualization, and Veritas APTARE for monitoring backup and recovery activities. The solution automates many data protection processes that previously consumed a significant amount of staff time. Backup windows have shrunk dramatically, and data restores that would have taken at least 48 hours in the legacy environment now happen immediately. The firm is saving about 900,000 rand per year on tape hardware and the offsite storage vault it formerly used. Best of all, the business is free to pursue digital transformation, while continuing to comply with regulatory requirements around data retention.