The business challenge
In 2015, Korea Petrochemical Ind. Co., LTD (KPIC) decided to expand its NCC
(naphtha cracking center). This project was completed in May 2017 and is currently
in full operation. Following the expansion, KPIC has also decided to expand its
polyethylene/polypropylene facility at its plant in Ulsan, North Korea, and plans to
complete that project by the end of 2018. As a result, improving and expanding
its IT infrastructure system — including aging servers and storage — was vital in
order to support the expansion of KPIC’s production facilities. In particular, as IT
system failures caused the disruption of business processes and the deterioration
of productivity, improving KPIC’s aging IT infrastructure systems became a pressing
issue. Due to the nature of the energy and chemical company’s business, it is
absolutely essential to maintain business continuity in purchase, production and
supply. Any disruption in the IT infrastructure system and data recovery will have
an adverse effect on the operation of the production facilities. For that reason,
KPIC has created a complete IT response system and a data backup and recovery
environment by introducing a new backup solution for data protection: the NetApp
All-Flash Storage and new network-switch infrastructure. NetApp All-Flash is
reliable and safe from natural and industrial disasters. This new solution has enabled
KPIC to focus on improving its business efficiency and productivity without having
to worry about IT system operation and management.
The Veeam solution
KPIC has improved its server and storage environment and built a data center with
17 TB of storage, consisting of four hosts and about 30 virtual machines (VMs)
in Onsan. Veeam® Backup & Replication™, a virtualization-based Veeam backup
solution adopted by KPIC, is optimized for virtual backup environments because
it can perform backup and recovery without a VM host agent. This also makes it
easier to operate and manage data backup and recovery because there is no need
to install the agent. In addition, a single backup solution makes it possible to process
OS and data backup at the same time, which guarantees easy management and
maintenance. Furthermore, by using cloud services for backup and replication
storage, the flexibility and security of data storage can be improved. Quick
backup, deduplication and compression using WAN acceleration can reduce space
requirements for storage and network traffic during backup.
When sudden unexpected system failures or disruptions occur, VMs can be run
in minutes with backup files, providing the same level of service as the physical
system, which reduces data recovery time and speeds up business normalization.
On top of that, Veeam Backup & Replication™ supports simple and convenient UI/
UX such as directory structures and copy/save features similar to Windows, which
ensures convenience to the person in charge.
In addition to these functional advantages, the Veeam’s backup solutions have
superior price competitiveness compared to global backup solution vendors such
as Dell EMC and IBM. Veeam is affordable to large companies as well as small and
medium-sized enterprises that make cost-effectiveness their priority. By taking full
advantage of the features and benefits of Veeam solutions, KPIC has been able to
improve its server and storage system and establish a safe and reliable data backup
and recovery environment, which enables uninterrupted business operations and
management. Before actually adopting Veeam’s products, KPIC simulated the
operability of the product for over a year by using a pre-test version. Through the
simulation, KPIC was able to test the performance of its data backup and recovery
environment after they would adopt a Veeam solution. KPIC was able to reduce
trial and error and complete the data backup and recovery transition efficiently and
successfully by carefully analyzing any problems or shortcomings that may occur
before the solution was actually introduced.
The project of introducing Veeam backup solutions to KPIC was led by Goodmorning
Information Technology Co. Ltd. (GIT), a company specializing in virtualization,
cloud infrastructures and big data. GIT successfully completed the transition of data
backup and recovery environments by committing 10 experts (including storage,
network, and virtualization engineers) and mobilizing its expertise and know-how
about virtualization projects to minimize KPIC's service interruption. Despite a
short, two-month project timeline, the transition was completed smoothly and on
time. GIT has seamlessly integrated Veeam backup solutions into heterogeneous
servers and storage products such as NetApp and has solved problems that could
occur during data backupnd recovery tby analyzing the causes of disruptions and
taking proper measures. Specifically, the minimal recovery time objectives and
recovery point objectives have been achieved by integrating Veeam solutions with
the ONTAP OS for NetApp All-Flash storage, which is a component of the larger
With the introduction of virtualization-based data backup solutions and the
transition of data backup and recovery environments, KPIC plans to establish an
efficient data management environment by securing a data backup and recovery
infrastructure, establishing a 24.7.365 data support system and establishing a
readiness posture to recover from data disruptions in the shortest amount of
time. KPIC anticipates that this plan will help maximize KPIC's competitiveness in
overseas business by improving the productivity of their field division, promoting
data business and meeting their demand for predictable and analytical data.
- Veeam provided a stable business operating environment by establishing a
non-disruptive data service environment even in the event of system failure.
With the introduction of Veeam virtualization-based data backup solutions, KPIC
established a truly non-disruptive data service environment, thereby supporting a
stable business environment and improving business processes and productivity.
- Backup speeds are four to five times faster, recovery speeds are six to seven
times faster and the recovery time objective (RTO) is now less than 15 minutes.
This made KPIC’s data recovery faster, easier and more reliable. Automated data
backup solutions have also helped KPIC establish an environment with an RTO
of less than 15 minutes. As a result, it’s possible for KPIC to operate and manage
their servers and storage systematically and organically. They’re also now able to
respond immediately to data disruptions, which minimizes business interruptions
and improves business productivity.
- The data transfer rate is 5.7 times faster than before and the new storage
efficiency ratio of a maximum of 15:1 optimizes data management. NetApp
Storage, which is No.1 in the All-Flash array market, increased the transfer rate
by 5.7 times and has been able to speed up the response time of speed-critical
applications. NetApp Storage, with its storage-efficiency ratio of 15:1, has helped
KPIC respond to their ever-increasing amount of data more efficiently.
- The adoption of SAN and NAS fusion solutions for cost and operational
effectiveness. To support a variety of applications, SAN and NAS should be
implemented at the same time. Unlike other vendors, NetApp All-Flash supports
this function on the same platform at no additional cost, which enables cost
reduction and effective operation for KPIC in the event of future expansions.