Customer Stories

From legacy to cloud data protection

The all-encompassing data center is a thing of the past. Modern data environments are distributed and include remote and branch offices, and, while a growing number of businesses are adopting or considering data protection in the cloud, most still depend on on-premises backup and recovery. But frankly, on-premises data protection has not kept pace.

A growing number of businesses are thinking about moving data protection to the cloud, because it promises to be easier to manage and maintain, less expensive, and optimized for performance and scalability. But, is it slower to recover backups from the cloud versus traditional on-premises data protection solutions? The answer for Druva customers is “No!”

Meet Premiere Networks, the iHeartMedia company syndicating hundreds of radio programs

Premiere Networks reaches 245 million people each month. A subsidiary of iHeartMedia, it’s the number one syndicator of radio programming in the US with notable personalities including Ryan Seacrest, Steve Harvey, and Glenn Beck. For years it relied on tape backups, but in 2013 its IT group initiated a data center consolidation project, reducing 60 racks of physical servers into six racks of ~200 virtual machines (VMs) in Sherman Oaks, California and transitioning from tape backups to two Dell EMC Avamar on-premises grids — one in Sherman Oaks with a disaster recovery site in San Antonio, Texas. Data was replicated bi-directionally between the primary and disaster recovery site.

But, what IT Director Ruben Oganesyan and Senior Network Engineer Matt Wade found were that on-premises backup was very expensive to manage, as they were caught in Dell EMC’s three-year refresh cycle. Said Ruben, “After using Avamar for three years, we were hit with yearly increases of $100,000 USD from Dell EMC for hardware and software maintenance.” 

Like many other Druva customers, Premiere Networks learned how on-premises backup consumes significant IT resources and generates escalating maintenance costs. The team needed to get out of the hardware and software management cycle, as it was not only expensive, but it was heavily dependent on Matt’s very lean team to manage and update. He said, “It wasn’t just Avamar costs. Every time there was an upgrade, a drive replacement, or disk failure, I had to find someone to replace it or fly to San Antonio myself. And, I was spending an hour a day just managing Avamar backups.

How cloud-native data protection facilitated Premiere Networks cloud strategy

Druva helped Premiere Networks see firsthand how cloud-native data protection is optimized for performance and scalability over the public cloud. Cloud-native data protection delivers centralized management of backup and recovery processes, consistent performance even with petabytes of data, and lower TCO than hybrid and hosted solutions. It also scales quickly. IT has much less day-to-day involvement than with hybrid and hosted models.

For Premier Networks, and a growing number of satisfied Druva customers, the cloud has changed everything. Watch the video below to learn more about how Druva delivers a quick, simple cloud transformation.

Next Steps

Read the Premiere Networks case study for an in-depth look at how Druva Phoenix enabled Premiere Networks to meet its zero downtime policy, recover backups from the cloud 50% faster than its previous Avamar solution on-premises, and reduce daily backup management by 80%.

“Our five-year TCO projection with Druva is much less than it was with the products we previously used. One such contributor to a lower TCO, in addition to eliminating hardware and software costs, is Druva’s built-in global deduplication, which allows us to use less storage than we did with Avamar,” said Ruben.