How GameStop And TRC Reduced Data Storage And Costs

A Case Study In Protecting Legacy Data

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Steven Lerner

Protecting legacy data can be really expensive and increasingly complex. Complicating the process is the use of virtual machines on-premises and in the cloud.

During an incredibly informative webinar, Druva’s Seyi Verma revealed how GameStop and TRC were able to overcome these issues, and in the process, reduce both data storage and total cost of ownership.

The New Data Landscape

Managing and securing data in 2019 is very different than it was years ago. As of 2018, organizations were planning to migrate 90% of workloads on virtual machines to the cloud. This is all part of the new dynamics of workload migration in the enterprise.

Organizations are now relying on a mixture of internal clouds and public clouds for workloads. Managing this entire process in a smart way can be incredibly difficult and costly. Whether it’s a public or private cloud, scalability is a major concern. During the webinar, Verma said that 81% of organizations see cloud as a critical component of a disaster recovery strategy, but traditional tools may not suffice.

In many instances, data is dispersed across different locations, which means that there could be compliance issues. This is often the case for organizations with multiple locations and storage mediums.

Solving Data Protection Issues

With data scattered across clouds, it is good to ensure visibility across workloads while reducing costs and complexities. Enterprises need to leverage new tools in order to protect legacy data in clouds.

What should enterprises look for in a solution? The right tool should be predictable, and offer consistent pricing. It should be scalable, reliable, and fully elastic. The solution should be easy to deploy and manage, and it should provide seamless data protection. To help lower the total cost of ownership, the solution should require as a little infrastructure as possible.

The solution should also restore security and compliance confidence. Top data protection capabilities to look for include encryption and data sharing, such as separating data from metadata.

Two Incredible Examples

During the webinar, Verma detailed two different success stories.

The first was video game retailer GameStop. The company operates 7,200 stores in 14 countries, with 250 TB of data and 10 different backup solutions. Consequently, GameStop had terrible data silos, decentralized management, tape data loss risk, and current solutions were costly. After leveraging a new strategy, GameStop consolidated backup solutions in one comprehensive tool. This helped the company meet global compliance requirements, had 3.4 times less storage, and lowered operating costs by 70%.

Meanwhile, engineering firm TRC had a similar problem. The company operated over 100 remote offices with multiple backup solutions and 140 TB of data. Over a period of 3 years, a new solution reduced storage and cost by 65%.

What strategies and solutions did GameStop and TRC leverage? Find out by watching the full webinar, which also includes ways to lower your overall storage footprint by consolidating your data. Click here to watch the full webinar.