Large Financial Institutions Choose ZertoHapo Community Credit Union, Foresight Financial Group and the Security Service Federal Credit Union
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2013.06.11
financial institutions, BC and DR are critical and complex IT functions.
Their applications are often responsible for investing, trading and providing
financial services for thousands of customers, and unexpected datacenter
downtime can lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue.
By choosing a DR
solution from Zerto, Inc., a number of
large financial institutions, including HAPO Community Credit Union, Foresight Financial Group and the Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU)
have been able to automate data replication and recovery, and experience other,
business-changing benefits as a result. The deployment of Zerto technology
makes the process of getting backup and running following a disaster of any
kind quick, easy and painless - with minimal impact on business
operations and more streamlined datacenter management.
Zerto offers a virtual-aware BC/DR solution - Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) -
which replicates data within the virtual infrastructure instead of in physical
storage. By moving replication to the hypervisor, companies extend the benefits
of virtualization, including flexibility, mobility and scalability, to their DR
solutions. Zerto's hypervisor-based replication combines the enterprise
features of physical replication with the flexibility, ease of management and
control, and scalability of virtual environments.
"Financial institutions simply
cannot afford to have any downtime," said Ziv Kedem, CEO, Zerto.
"We are proud to be trusted by many
financial services companies for DR. By providing them with powerful recovery
that is easier to use than traditional DR offerings, we're able to help ensure
that they have peace of mind about their data and are able to continue to
provide their customers with excellent, reliable service and financial
guidance. In the words of one customer, 'now I can sleep at night.'"
HAPO Reduces Storage Capacity
Requirements by 43%
HAPO Community Credit Union is located in Southeast Washington. Prior to
implementing ZVR, the company was using 70TB of storage at its replication
site for array-based replication. HAPO needed to protect 130 VMs and had a RPO of 24 hours. With ZVR implemented, the
organization now uses only 40TB of storage and has freed up 30TB, which is
standing by to accommodate future growth. Overall, HAPO realized a storage
savings of 43%, while improving replication performance - with RPO of just seconds
and RTO of 5 minutes. The storage savings and improved RPO
and RTO allow HAPO to save on both money and time in all areas of its IT operations, while protecting all VMs.
"When we purchased the software, we
knew it would improve our BC/DR process, but we got so much more,"
said Bill Rausch, software engineering manager, HAPO Community Credit Union.
"We reduced our storage footprint by
more than 40%, which we never expected. Now, we don't have to purchase storage
for the foreseeable future, which is a huge savings for us."
Foresight Achieves Ambitious Recovery
with Minimal DR Budget
Foresight Financial Group supports community banks and owns five different
banking institutions that need to be supported by Foresight's IT
infrastructure. With its primary site in Illinois and a replication site in
Wisconsin, the organization needed to ensure data protection and compliance
with financial regulations across all locations, including the protection of
critical applications such as SQL and Exchange. With a minimal DR budget and a
goal of zero data loss, Foresight chose ZVR, because it allowed the company to
function without a remote SAN. Foresight is now experiencing improved RTO and,
as an added benefit, is now able to more efficiently document its DR process,
which is required as part of the company's internal operational guidelines. The
deployment of ZVR was quick and easy, and employees are able to focus on
expanding and improving other IT operations on a daily basis, instead of
"We've been so pleased with our DR strategy
now that we've installed Zerto Virtual Replication," said Andrew
LaPour, AVP, network operations of Foresight Financial. "ZVR has changed our BC/DR efforts to be
streamlined, reliable and less time-consuming such that we're able to be
consistently and continually relied upon by our community banks and their
400 VMs Protected at SSFCU
The Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) has $7 billion in assets
with corporate HQs located in San Antonio, TX. The company was looking for a
new BC/DR strategy that would protect several mission-critical applications,
including Exchange and Oracle, across multiple locations. SSFCU also needed to
protect 400 VMs and wanted to improve its RTO. SSFCU chose ZVR because of its
ability to work with any storage hardware and its flexible management options.
Following the implementation of ZVR, SSFCU is now experiencing 60% faster RTO
as well as an unexpected improvement in reporting and notification, all while fully
protecting and supporting its virtualized IT infrastructure.
"We need to ensure the rapid
recovery of our key applications, specifically, Exchange, SQL Server and
Oracle. Zerto Virtual Replication delivers the aggressive service levels we
need with the ability to failover to any point in time with a virtual aware
solution. ZVR supports the virtual environment while enhancing our investment
in virtualization," said Richard Polchlopek, enterprise system engineer,