EDpCloud Data Replication Frees Automotive Infrastructure Data Center From Vendor Lock-In
A leading automotive company with over $45 billion in sales per year and with more than 200,000 workers around the globe breaks vendor lock-in using data replication and file mirroring software.
The Challenge: Keep incompatible NetApp appliances in sync
The automotive company has many branch offices and needs to synchronize data automatically and securely between locations worldwide. The company needed to replicate data between Network Appliance Filers (NetApp) in multiple locations.
The Netapp Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances had different software and OS versions and were not compatible with each other in terms of replication. Older Netapp appliances could not replicate to newer NetApp appliances and vice-versa.
Previously, the company used a combination of FTP and rsync to move data between locations. These methods were labor-intensive, error-prone, slow, and did not deliver data on time as needed and where needed.
Other characteristics of the operating environment are as follows:
- Servers and clients run a mix of Windows and Linux.
- Clients accessed data via NFS or CIFS.
- Exchanged data includes proprietary software, tech designs, and business information.
- The company must protect significant intellectual property, in the file, from industrial espionage.
- The content included information about the critical proprietary business process.
- More than 10 million files needed to be replicated back and forth between Japan, Germany and Poland, and other locations.
We installed and configured EDpCloud on Linux virtual machines (RedHat and CentOS) in Frankfurt, Yokohama Japan, and Warsaw Poland.
Replication policies were defined to enforce authentication, what folder, and file patterns to include or exclude from replication.
- Data is replicated between the remote data centers and is immediately available for use by various teams
- Automated file replication reduced costs significantly
- Automated replication reduced errors and risks.
- Replication policies control what files get replicated and which ones do not get replicated
- Data about different production systems are available when and where needed.
Resilience and Operational Efficiency
- A browser-based GUI is used to configure the systems
- A CLI was used to integrate EDpCloud in the workflow
- Data is automatically synchronized between remote data centers
- EDpCloud optimizations for network latency helped move data more efficiently
- EDpCloud resumed from where it left off in the event of network failures
- Data is protected by mirroring it to other locations
- The time required to keep data in sync was significantly reduced.
Security and Compliance
- Automatic end to end data encryption prevents data leaks
- Multi-level access control and authentication keep access to data secure
- Detailed audit logs show what data was transferred, where and when it was transferred.
The manufacturer was able to synchronize data between incompatible NetApp appliances automatically, securely, and on time without the need to incur additional costs to upgrade all appliances. The manufacturer realized significant cost savings by automating tasks and even using the commodity off the shelf hardware.
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