Yusen Logistics Americas provides shippers of all sizes with a portfolio of services designed to manage their complex and ever-changing supply chains. The company optimizes cargo transportation and distribution for some of the nation’s largest companies including Target and Walmart. Both retailers have recognized Yusen Logistics Americas as partner of the year for extraordinary commitment during peak seasons.
Yusen Logistics Americas deals with a lot of data (1.1 PBs on 600 virtual machines) in three critical, interdependent systems: IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, which receives and processes customers’ orders, a proprietary warehouse management system that fulfills orders, and a bespoke transportation management system that coordinates shipment and delivery.
Slow, unstable backup and recovery threatened availability of these critical systems, despite the IT team spending nearly 600 hours trying to resolve the problems. Jermaine Wells, Senior System Engineer at Yusen Logistics Americas, said meeting both recovery time and point objectives (RTO/RPO) was possible only 50 percent of the time.
“We have to meet recovery objectives 100 percent of the time,” Wells said. “If our systems aren’t available, the business won’t run efficiently, and if the business doesn’t run efficiently, we risk losing customers. We calculated the cost of downtime, and it’s $300,000 every 10 minutes.”
Yusen Logistics Americas replaced legacy backup with Veeam Backup & Replication.
“Veeam was the obvious choice,” Wells said. “It’s the best availability solution on the market, and the integration between Veeam and our Cisco HyperFlex infrastructure is outstanding.”
Veeam and Cisco have worked together to address the needs of their mutual customers since 2013. Veeam added snapshot integration to the Cisco HyperFlex platform in 2017, which enables lower RPOs without impacting production systems.
“We’re meeting RTO and RPO 100 percent of the time, and that’s because of the deep integration between Veeam and Cisco HyperFlex,” Wells said. “They give us a level of confidence and business resiliency we’ve never had before.”
Veeam backs up, replicates and recovers from storage snapshots, increasing speeds by up to 60 percent. Veeam’s SureBackup and SureReplica verify the recoverability of backups and replicas, and Virtual Lab lets the IT team test software code, patches and updates before putting them into production.
“Veeam complements Cisco HyperFlex to improve data protection of the systems that sustain our business,” Wells said. “When we had performance issues with B2B Sterling Integrator and the warehouse management system, our development team tested code in Virtual Lab to resolve the issues quickly. Before we deployed Veeam, they had to build clones of virtual machines before they could test anything, and that was time-consuming. Veeam is our Superman. It simplifies data protection and saves tremendous time.”
Wells said members of the IT team took turns protecting data before Veeam was deployed. One person spent five hours each day rerunning failed backups and recovering data.
“Veeam is totally different because backups rarely fail, and if we need to recover data, it takes minutes. Data protection is 98 percent faster and so much easier with Veeam, giving us time to update current systems and deploy new ones like Microsoft Office 365.”
Wells said data migration is fast and easy too.
“Veeam replicated 400 production virtual machines from one colocation center to another in record time and with zero impact on the business,” Wells said. “I can’t imagine how long migration would have taken with legacy backup. Veeam is the best availability solution for Cisco HyperFlex.”
Yusen Logistics Americas Inc. is an award-winning supply-chain logistics company. It’s a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, a Japan-based global ocean container carrier, giving it access to one of the largest transportation and warehouse networks in the world. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, Yusen Logistics Americas employs 1,600 people in 48 locations nationwide.
Three critical business systems support world-class transportation and distribution services, but slow, unstable backup and recovery put them in jeopardy. Meeting RTO and RPO was possible only half the time, which threatened business continuity.