admiral

Case Study-Infrastructure

Plain sailing: Admiral Insurance automates and accelerates off-site backups with Meridian IT

  • Industry: Insurance

  • Business: Property and casualty

  • Focus: Backup and recovery

  • Challenges

    Full backups took 24 hours or more • Costly manual tape management • Lengthy process to restore data • Single point of failure • Need for fast data migration between servers

What makes us different?

What sets Meridian IT apart in our market space is our depth of experience, range of solutions, and our international presence, all combined with a proven track record for exceeding expectations. We credit that success to our world-class team of business consultants and technical specialists, made up of both former employees from the worlds’ premier technology providers, as well as former IT professionals with first-hand experience solving the issues our customers face today. Together, we are able to bring a unique and complete perspective that cuts through the industry noise and maximises project success. Key relationships with top hardware and software vendors allows Meridian IT to bring optimised solutions to challenging business issues. Our innovative methodology based on customer value, provides solutions rather than products.​

We provide full life-cycle support, helping our clients define and implement the right solutions, and then we support them in the long term in their quest for continual improvement.

Overview

Meridian IT proposed and delivered a solution based on IBM ProtecTIER technology that not only automated and accelerated off-site backup processes from 24 hours to five, but also enabled Admiral to complete a vital server migration project in record time.

Business Challenge

Admiral Insurance’s business depends on a number of core systems that run on the IBM i platform. To protect the business-critical data held in these systems, Admiral has built a highly resilient IT architecture, mirroring its production data centre in Cardiff with a disaster recovery (DR) site in Swansea, and storing copies of the data at both sites.However, ensuring the safety of this data came at a price. 

Each day, Admiral had to back up its systems onto tape storage at the Swansea data centre, and then send a copy of the tape to its Cardiff site. The IT team was spending around one hour per day on manual tape management, and the cost of the daily courier was also significant.Moreover, the tape backup was time-consuming. A full backup could take 24 hours or more, leaving little margin for error if the process failed.Restoring deleted data was also a lengthy and complicated process.While Admiral was considering how to optimise its backup process, a new business requirement also emerged. The company wanted to upgrade one  IBM i server to a new generation of hardware, but couldn’t afford to take its systems offline for more than a few hours. It needed to find a way to transfer its 60tb database from the old to the new server extremely quickly – but a tape backup and restore would have taken more than a day.

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