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ARGIX Direct Slashes Data Backup and Recovery Times with EMC


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Hopkinton, Mass.-Thursday, June 29, 2006, EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced that Argix Direct has consolidated replication, backup, recovery and archiving of its shipment and email data using EMC software and storage. As a result, Argix, which operates a major distribution network for retailers in the United States, reduced backup windows by 80 percent and shortened time to recover critical applications from hours to seconds.

Nino Silvano, CIO of Argix, said, “Information is critical at every stage of the distribution process—whether it’s facilitating the next step in the shipping route or providing customers with an up-to-the-minute status on their pending deliveries. With EMC, we have a centralized backup and archiving solution that provides the level of recovery we need, while allowing our business to run more efficiently. EMC software consolidates and automates the replication and backup processes for all our distributed facilities, so there’s far less drain on our limited IT staff. And we have the added peace of mind that we can accomplish backups and recoveries dramatically faster and more reliably than before.”

Previously, Argix backed up its shipment data from four remote distribution centers, as well as local email, onto tape using Symantec Veritas BackupExec. However, these processes were time-consuming and did not provide adequate data protection. Argix now uses EMC RepliStor® software to replicate SQL Server 2005 shipment data from four, geographically dispersed retail distribution centers to an EMC CLARiiON® system at its central data center in Jamesburg, NJ. Argix automatically backs up this data to EMC CLARiiON ATA storage, and then from ATA disk onto tape, using EMC NetWorker™ software for both processes.

“After the data is replicated to the main data center, we use EMC NetWorker to backup to disk in minutes instead of the hours it used to take in our former tape environment,” said Silvano. If we need to recover anything, just a couple of clicks are needed to get it back into production in seconds"

In addition, Argix uses EMC EmailXtender® software to archive Microsoft Exchange 2003 email to a CLARiiON ATA system for long-term retention. This has reduced the size of its production Exchange environment by 78 percent, dramatically shrinking the volume of email tagged for backup, while enabling rapid access to archived files if needed.

“We used to back up approximately 270 gigabytes of Exchange email, which was taking more than 10 hours to complete,” reported Silvano. “Now, by archiving emails more than 30 days old onto EMC disk, we’ve reduced our active Exchange store to just 60 gigabytes. Combined with backup-to-disk, we’ve shrunk the backup window to about two hours. That frees up a lot of time that we can put into adding value to the business, rather than just spending it on administration. I can stay focused on more strategic issues, knowing that my data is in good hands.”

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