West Suburban Bank
Case Study Overview
DSI Eliminates West Suburban Bank's Tape Storage System
Financial institutions today are faced with a number of challenges never before experienced, ranging from an explosion of information technology choices to a multitude of new government regulations. These situations are impacting day to day business practices. Along with the need for tighter security and the proliferation of information technology solutions, banks and credit unions are being forced to reevaluate their business processes.
In order to stay on top of the ever-changing business processes, many institutions today are realizing that adding data storage capacity is the key to their success, and in many cases, their very survival.
Multiple copies of data are becoming increasingly necessary at onsite, offsite, and disaster recovery locations. Yet the creation of multiple copies of sensitive data causes significant challenges, including how and when additional copies can be made, and securely transported (either physically or electronically) to satisfy these requirements and how to handle the cost and security of the additional tapes.
Because banks and credit unions are required to move backup copies of data from their data centers, what often occurs is that data storage tapes are moved to storage facilities in a locked box or, and perhaps transported, or even stored in the backseat of an employee's car. These types of procedural lapses can ultimately expose sensitive bank data to unnecessary and dangerous risks. Finding a better solution has become vitally important to financial institutions everywhere.
Storage Challenges at West Suburban Bank
Founded in 1962, West Suburban Bank (parent company West Suburban Bancorp) is headquartered in DuPage County, Illinois, and serves the western suburbs of Chicago. With total assets of $1.85 billion (as of September 30, 2006), West Suburban provides retail and commercial banking services through a network of 33 branch offices.
Using a combination of six different tape mediums to backup more than 50 open system servers and six mainframe applications, West Suburban has historically started each backup manually, monitored the process, and then repeated it a second time to create the required duplications.
Regular system backups were started around the clock from early in the day to late at night. West Suburban relied heavily on its operators to start the backups on time and replace the tapes as needed.
A New Option in Storage
In order to help manage storage costs and times, West Suburban Bank implemented a virtual tape appliance in August 2006. They selected the DSI9600 Virtual Tape Appliance from Dynamic Solutions International (DSI is a leading international provider of data storage solutions and comprehensive professional services for mid- to large-size enterprises). The VTL solution allows West Suburban to replicate data across the enterprise and to off-site locations.
DSI's virtual tape appliance is built for users who need to backup and restore data at high speeds. It significantly reduces administrative time and costs by automating processes (through policy management), and requiring fewer tapes while providing faster backups. Additional features include scalable capacity, flexible host connectivity, seamless integration with existing backup processes, and remote replication capabilities for backups and archiving.
The DSI Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution allows West Suburban to run multiple jobs simultaneously, create duplicate copies to multiple LTO3 physical tapes, and replicate to its data repository site, automatically.
Recognizing that storage plays a crucial role in West Suburban's business, we created a repository for open systems data as well as legacy and mainframe data, said Chris Johnson, Vice President of storage solutions at DSI. By allowing easy review of critical backups, the VTL provides West Suburban with an affordable way to keep data secure without the hassle and maintenance costs of large (obsolete) tape-only backup systems.
Quality System for Quality Backup
With DSI's VTL, West Suburban has significantly reduced the time and resources required for
thorough data backup. In fact, West Suburban has cost-effectively reduced its six storage mediums to two, spinning disk and LTO3 tape, decreasing storage costs even further, while both mainframe backups and open system backups have been unified through the DSI VTL.
With more than 380 mainframe jobs running per week, manual operations for creation of West Suburban's backup jobs have been cut in half because of the replication feature within the DSI VTL system. Because backups are now on an automated schedule, with DSI VTL, data center operators have been relieved of the often confusing and tedious tasks involved in managing backups.
The DSI VTL, in combination with standard Unisys MCP tape interfaces, has eliminated the accidents waiting to happen as a result of manual intervention, said Steve Jennrich, vice president of information systems, West Suburban Bank. We have experienced a compression in all of our backup times, allowing jobs to complete the same day that they are started. The spinning disk within DSI's VTL has helped us save time, which is our most precious commodity.
DSI's virtual tape appliance has eliminated our transportation costs and the secure courier services required for transporting tapes, while increasing the speed and efficiency of our backups, Jennrich said. Based on our experiences with DSI's VTL appliance, we believe virtual tape is the future. It completely satisfies our needs surrounding speed, data management, security and cost effectiveness.
The DSI solution enables West Suburban to keep multiple generations of the bank's tape history, as well as establish different backup and retention strategies based on data classification. In addition to reducing costs, DSI's storage management allows West Suburban to keep data longer and access it in ways previously not possible. The solution is fully supported through DSI's relationships with Unisys (the mainframe provider at West Suburban) and other platform / OS applications.
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Many institutions today are realizing that adding data storage capacity is key to their success, and in many cases, their very survival.
VTL provides West Suburban Bank with an affordable way to keep data secure without the hassle and costs of tape only systems.
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