As a leader in the modified-release drug preparations industry, Huanghai Pharmaceuticals has always attached great importance to the development of IT. According to the company’s strategic plan, smart manufacturing technologies will be adopted to improve production efficiency and yields and achieve a high degree of integration for information and industrialization.
Data has been always Huanghai Pharmaceuticals’ most valuable asset. As the company continues to grow, the amount of data does too, so the data security risks faced by the company’s information centers increase. Huanghai Pharmaceuticals recognized that its existing traditional solution was struggling to keep up with data protection demands. Unless the company could back up data reliably and restore systems fast in the event of a disaster, Huanghai Pharmaceuticals risked disruption to business continuity and higher requirements for data recovery.
“The manufacturing industry has very high obligations for the continuous protection of business systems,” said Kebo Hou, IT Director of Qingdao Huanghai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. “We must protect vital systems such as ERP applications from interruption. As our data volumes grew, the extension of the backup windows also affected our business performance, and we couldn’t restore data as quickly as we wanted to in the event of systems failure.”
Huanghai Pharmaceuticals transformed its approach to data protection with Veeam Backup & Replication. By opting to use VUL, the company benefited from straightforward and versatile per-workload licensing.
“A key factor in our decision was that Veeam Backup & Replication does not use agents to back up virtual machines (VMs), which helps us optimize resource utilization,” said Hou. “We were also impressed by the rapid data recovery mechanism.”
Today, Huanghai Pharmaceuticals uses Veeam Backup & Replication to protect important business systems and production data, backing up dozens of TB of data daily. The company does not need to prioritize workloads for replication; instead, it backs up its entire environment with ease.
“Before, we had to pick the most important databases for frequent backups to keep our backup windows within certain limits,” said Hou. “With Veeam technology, we don’t have to compromise, and our backup success rate has increased to more than 95%.”
Using Veeam Backup & Replication, Huanghai Pharmaceuticals gains greater visibility of backups. As a result, the company has greater confidence in its business resilience measures, and the IT team is free to spend more time on innovation.
“In the past, we had to check on backups regularly to make sure they completed properly,” said Hou. “Veeam provides a daily report that gives us instant insight into the status of all backups, putting our minds at rest. The built-in error reporting system helped us resolve some minor issues soon after implementation, and since then, everything has run smoothly.”
Qingdao Huanghai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Huanghai Pharmaceuticals) is a leading enterprise in modified-release drug repatriations in China. Headquartered in the Laoshan District, Qingdao, the company’s goods include capsules, oral liquids, granules and injections, as well as many well-known brands like “Nifedipine” and “Metformin.”
As Qingdao Huanghai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. continues to grow and develop, its business data growth has exploded, exceeding its previous data protection capabilities. To ensure the security of data and the continuity of business systems, the company began looking for a highly available backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution to handle their data growth.