Most people think of potatoes as comfort food: mashed potatoes, french fries and potato chips. What most people don’t realise is there’s so much more to potatoes. Avebe unlocks their secrets and adds value to them.
Avebe’s international sales and distribution network is powered by an MES system. If the MES system fails and can’t be recovered quickly from a backup, the network will begin to crumble and Avebe may lose customers and revenue.
There’s more to potatoes than you think.
Potatoes are a source of endless possibilities, and no one knows this better than Avebe, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of potato starch and potato protein.
Avebe extracts starch and protein from potatoes and sells them to manufacturers in the food, building, adhesives, paper, textile and animal feed industries. Manufacturers use potato starch and protein to make for example ice cream, candy, paper, yarn, glue, building materials and pet food.
Avebe’s international sales and distribution network is powered by a manufacturing execution system (MES). Before virtualising the MES system, Avebe had to be sure it could be backed up and recovered quickly and reliably.
“We’re a 24.7.365 company, so our MES system has to run 24.7.365 without exception,” said Arnold Keizer, System Administrator for Avebe. “There was no value in virtualising MES unless we could guarantee its availability 24.7.365.”
If Avebe’s MES system isn’t available 24.7.365, the sales and distribution network may falter.
“One day of downtime in just one of our production facilities could cost the business $100,000 in revenue,” Keizer said. “We have several production facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, so downtime would be devastating to the business.”
Avebe considered several solutions to keep the MES system running continuously, but Keizer said the choice was obvious.
“Veeam is the only solution that was built specifically for virtualisation,” he explained. “And, Veeam is the only solution to take 24.7.365 Availability even higher—to the cloud.”
Avebe deployed Veeam® Backup & Replication™ in the new VMware vSphere environment. In addition to keeping the MES system running 24.7.365, Veeam gives Avebe a new disaster recovery (DR) strategy: Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure.
“Being able to restore Veeam backups directly to Microsoft Azure lets us leverage Azure as an additional data centre for DR,” Keizer said. “Making sure our MES system is available 24.7.365 is even easier.”
When the MES system wouldn’t restart following a software update, Keizer restored it in minutes with Veeam. Avebe’s sales and distribution network was unaffected.
“If we hadn’t been using Veeam, we might have missed delivery deadlines and had to pay penalties to customers for breaking service level agreements (SLAs),” Keizer said. “We would have had a lot of annoyed customers because they would have missed their production deadlines too.”
Keizer said Avebe’s sales and distribution network is functioning at full capacity, thanks to 24.7.365 Availability.
“Our mission is to unlock the secrets of the potato and extract everything possible,” he said. “No other company in the world can match our abilities. We’re grateful to Veeam for helping us avoid downtime.”