In its 137+ years in business, Hope Global has transformed from an old textile business based in Rhode Island to a global supplier of automotive components. Over the last 25 years, it has quadrupled in size and has found it necessary to invest in infrastructure to support its growth.
In the last decade, Hope Global began to embrace a cloud-first strategy to improve the agility of IT and application development teams and to achieve the scalability it needed. It adopted software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as Microsoft 365, Box, and Salesforce for 330 users, while also maintaining some on-premises systems running on virtual machines (VMs).
To backup business-critical data on VMs, Windows and Linux servers at several locations, and in Microsoft 365, it used Veritas NetBackup and LTO tape drives for offsite storage. The tapes were rotated to Iron Mountain daily, but the biggest challenge the business faced, according to CIO, Tom Ferrucci, was the slow time to recover.
“Using Iron Mountain, we could recall the tapes and restore lost data in a day or two, but this didn’t align with our corporate cloud strategy. We needed better performance,” said Ferrucci.