A new DPM 2007 case study recently published on a great success story from AutoNation.
With 25,000 employees and $19 Billion US in revenue, AutoNation had a lot of data. One quote from Ed Olson,
Lead Windows Infrastructure Engineer, AutoNation:
"We were trying to shoehorn 12 to 15 terabytes of data onto 15 tape drives each night, and it just wasn’t working."
The case study talks about protecting Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint data, along with disaster recovery capabilities – and ends with this conclusion:
Saving money was not an original impetus for moving to a new backup scheme, because the company had to make a change to accommodate rising data volumes. However, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 cost one-third of what competitive products cost, and annual backup-related maintenance chores are today one-third of what they were.
AutoNation also expects to save $30,000 annually in offsite tape-storage fees once it sets up System Center Data Protection Manager to copy files to the company’s disaster-recovery site in Chicago. “The fact that Data Protection Manager has a built-in disaster recovery capability makes it an unbelievable value, considering that its closest competitor costs three times as much without this feature,” Olson says.