KSA-based hardware vendor deploys disaster recovery

SACO rolls out Sybase Replication Server to provide business continuity

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By  Brid-Aine Conway Published  July 14, 2008

Saudi Arabian hardware company SACO has implemented Sybase's Replication Server to manage and synchronise its data and provide disaster recovery (DR).

SACO, which is the largest home improvement store in the Kingdom, deployed the solution from business intelligence vendor, Sybase Products Middle East.

According to the vendor, the Replication Server will help SACO to "ensure high system performance, protect the transactional integrity of its data, deliver reliable data to all its branches and guarantee transaction recovery".

"To keep up with our rapidly growing business, SACO was looking for an effective disaster recovery solution that would not only ensure data security but also protect the integrity of each transaction. We needed solution that maintains constant uptime and manages high-volume database loads more efficiently," said Raed Ayyoub, IT manager at SACO.

"Sybase spent significant time with us to understand our business processes and operations and recommended the Replication Server. Thanks to Sybase replication, SACO is now able to exchange credit data online, resulting in country-wide data sharing, management and dissemination, significantly reducing the risk of data loss or application downtime, and leveraging our investment in our disaster recovery site," he added.

Adonis Kawal, sales manager at Sybase says: "Unlike other data replication solutions currently on the market, Replication Server allows the disaster recovery site database to be used for reporting purposes while functioning as a warm standby and enhancing an organisation's return on disaster recovery assets. In addition, it offers customers the flexibility to synchronise data bi-directionally across heterogeneous database platforms including Sybase ASE, Oracle, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server."

Ayyoub says the implementation was carried out in two phases, with existing hardware upgraded in phase one and the server deployed in phase two. He adds that both phases were completed in 30 days.

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