The Business Challenge
Today’s omni-channel e-commerce world provides endless sales opportunities,
but the logistics challenges can be overwhelming for even the biggest brands.
Lucky for them, Distribution Management has them covered.
Retail powerhouses such as Amazon, Macy’s, Target and Walmart count
on Distribution Management for fast, efficient order fulfillment. The company meets
their specific requirements, from front-end integration to out-the-door compliance,
affording retailers more time to focus on growing their businesses.
Distribution Management serves the print and imaging industry as well,
distributing products and supplies for leading manufacturers including Epson,
HP, Lexmark and Xerox. The company’s managed print-services program lets
manufacturers keep watch over their customers’ print environments,
so replacement supplies arrive just in time.
“Everything we provide for retailers and print manufacturers — our partners — is
supported by IT applications we’ve developed in-house over the years,”
said Tom Huck, Director of Infrastructure Technologies at Distribution Management.
“We look at IT as a way to become more nimble and agile in the way we do business,
and as a way to differentiate ourselves from competitors.”
The software development team continually adds new features to the company’s
expanding line of services to meet partners’ needs. Over time, legacy storage, which
included tools for backup and replication, challenged the team’s ability to innovate.
“Legacy storage was inhibiting our ability to provide developers with real-time
SQL Server data to do their work,” Huck said. “The best we could do was provide
data that was several months old, which wasn’t ideal.”
Distribution Management replaced legacy storage with Pure® Storage FlashArray//X20
based on its outstanding performance during a proof-of-concept test. Next the IT
team sought backup and replication.
“We narrowed our choices to Veeam® and Zerto, but after testing both we
quickly realized they shouldn’t even be in the same room together,” Huck said.
“Veeam offers more than backup and replication — it empowers us to make data
more readily available to software developers.”
The Veeam Solution
Veeam Availability Suite™ integrates with Pure Storage to deliver SQL data
90% faster to software developers, helping to accelerate time-to-market
for new services and strengthen Distribution Management’s competitive advantage.
“We’re committed to the highest level of service to our partners, and Veeam
and Pure Storage support our commitment,” Huck said. “Their integration
enables a PowerShell script to spin up SQL databases from Veeam backups
quickly and reliably, making data available faster to software developers
so we can serve partners.”
At a basic level, software developers use the data to model connectivity
and freight options for new partners. At a deeper level, developers might
create Return Service Tag SKUs that are added to outbound shipments when
retailers anticipate higher-than-average exchange or return rates, often during
the holiday season. This reverse-logistics service enables retailers to process
returns and exchanges quickly and efficiently, not only meeting their customers’
expectations, but also exceeding them.
“Veeam and Pure Storage help us to be innovative in the way we do business
so we can continue to differentiate ourselves from competitors,” Huck explained.
“Our company is fortunate to have had several consecutive years of revenue
and profit growth, including double-digit revenue growth year over year.
Veeam and Pure Storage support this growth.”
Distribution Management has five distribution centers and a disaster recovery
(DR) site. Veeam backs up more than 40 TB across 275 VMware vSphere
virtual machines (VMs) from Pure Storage snapshots on-premises for high
Availability and replicates them off premises for DR. Veeam Explorer™
for Storage Snapshots helps the IT team recover individual items
or entire VMs quickly and efficiently, directly from Pure Storage snapshots.
“Two of the best words to describe Veeam are fast and reliable,” said Sam Baltz,
System Administrator at Distribution Management. “I work with Veeam every day,
and what I appreciate most is not having to babysit backup and replication anymore,
saving at least one day each week, for a total of nearly seven weeks each year.”
The IT team uses this time to work on specific projects, including security.
In a world constantly under threat, team members work diligently to hone
practices that comply with SOC and GDPR.
“Veeam supports our compliance with SOC and GDPR through built-in encryption,”
Baltz said. “Data is encrypted before backup, in transit and at rest. Veeam helps
us protect critical data, so we can help ensure business continuity for our
company and our partners.”
- Delivers Microsoft SQL Server data to software developers 90% faster
“Spinning up SQL databases from backups was complex and time-consuming
before we deployed Veeam and Pure Storage,” Huck said. “Integration between
Veeam and Pure Storage lets us deliver SQL databases to software developers
90% faster, enabling them to continually add new features to the company’s
expanding line of services, which differentiates our company from competitors.”
- Strengthens the company’s competitive advantage, contributing
to double-digit revenue growth year over year
“Veeam and Pure Storage enable us to be more agile in the way we do business,”
Huck said. “It’s easier for developers to move the business forward when
they have almost instant access to test data.”
- Supports compliance with SOC and GDPR
Veeam helps to secure data with built-in, end-to-end AES 256-bit encryption
that transforms data to an unreadable, scrambled format with the help
of a cryptographic algorithm and a secret key.