Case Study: Dongbu Steel

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Dongbu Steel Supports Data Growth with Commvault


Global steel manufacturer speeds up data backup by 50% and unlocks significant cost savings using deduplication


The challenge

  • Improve the efficiency of ERP and virtual server backups
  • Establish a flexible and scalable licensing model to support future data growth
  • Enable cost-effective disaster recovery

The solution

The benefits

  • 50% acceleration in daily database and ERP backups
  • 6x increase in speed of virtual server backup with IntelliSnap™ software
  • Enhanced disaster recovery
  • Reduced costs through deduplication and flexible licensing for storage backup
  • Significantly optimized backup efficiency with single Korean console

Dongbu Steel Supports Data Growth with Commvault

Industry: Manufacturer

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea

www.dongbu.com

Fast and reliable backups support growth

Dongbu Steel is one of the leading Korean steel manufacturers with more than 40 years of experience, producing approximately 2.4 million tons of high-quality steel products, such as cold-rolled steel sheets, per year. The company has helped to enhance the competitiveness of major Korean industries, such as automobiles, electronics, and construction, through its commitment to quality and innovation.

With the explosion in data volumes following company growth, Dongbu Steel introduced Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery to enable greater efficiency and reliability and to protect data across a range of systems, including its ERP environment, multiple databases, and virtual machines. For example, its ERP data and databases can now be backed up in just two hours rather than a minimum of four hours previously.

Commvault IntelliSnap® software also helped Dongbu Steel drive a 6x increase in the speed of its virtual server backups, which run over a 10G high-speed network along with other backups.

"As our company grew, we needed a flexible and scalable data backup and recovery solution to support the increasing volume of data. Commvault not only enabled us to achieve this but also helped us dramatically reduce costs."

Junsoo Park
Data Center Team Manager at DB Inc.,
the parent company of Dongbu Steel

Simplifying data management

Prior to implementing Commvault, Dongbu Steel’s legacy tape-based infrastructure was difficult to manage and unreliable. Insufficient storage space resulted in backup delays, media errors, and failures. The user interface was also weak and often required manual intervention.

Commvault partner, Curoid proposed Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery based on its exceptional deduplication engine and replication capabilities.

Using replication, Dongbu can send auxiliary copies of its data from primary storage to secondary storage for disaster recovery purposes.

"As our company grew, we needed a flexible and scalable data backup and recovery solution to support the increasing volumes of data. Commvault not only enabled us to achieve this but also helped us dramatically reduce costs,” says Junsoo Park, Data Center Team Manager at DB Inc., the parent company of Dongbu Steel. “Commvault’s licensing model gives us the flexibility to expand based on changes in the environment, without purchasing separate licenses."


Reducing costs with deduplication and more efficient processes

With a single console and intuitive user interface in Korean, Dongbu Steel can simplify all backup operations and reporting. Support for PostgreSQL database means that a previously complicated script backup method has been replaced with a simple configuration on the Commvault solution.

By migrating from tape backups to Commvault’s disk-based backups with deduplication, Dongbu Steel can scale its backup, recovery, and data management operations and reduce costs as the business grows.

With deduplication, redundant data is not backed up, which optimizes storage costs and reduces the size of the overall backup. Since backups can be processed faster, it frees up system resources to improve the overall performance. And by utilizing deduplication, only unique data is sent to the secondary site, optimizing network bandwidth and making disaster recovery more efficient.

At-a-glance

Dongbu Steel in numbers


  • 2 factories in Korea
  • 1,500 employees
  • 2.4 million tons of steel manufactured per year

The backup environment


  • Commvault Complete™️ Backup & Recovery
  • All-flash storage
  • 10-plus Unix servers and 150 VMware servers
  • Approximately 40 terabytes of data

Key assets protected


  • VMware hypervisor
  • AIX operating system
  • SAP ERP, PostgreSQL, and Oracle
  • File server data
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