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KNPC drills into business continuity

STME, the regional storage vendor announced today its largest-ever deal in the Gulf state of Kuwait. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invested more than US $1.5 million in disaster recovery infrastructure to manage its mission-critical data.

STME, the regional storage vendor announced today its largest-ever deal in the Gulf state of Kuwait. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invested more than US $1.5 million in a disaster recovery infrastructure, provided by STME, to manage and protect over 1 T/byte (1024 G/bytes) of mission-critical data.

KNPC’s new enterprise storage infrastructure stores and makes accessible information for the three major oil refineries. The oil company has linked two of its refineries together via a storage area network (SAN), to provide disaster recovery capabilities for its data should unplanned downtime occur. Financial data, inventories, ordering systems, stock controls and other information are stored on the new system. KNPC’s most important data is now synchronised across two remote sites enables us to get back online quickly in the case of any unplanned data losses.

“In order to maximise resources and product output at KNPC, it’s critical that we have uninterrupted access to key corporate information, from any number of offices, plants and the three main refineries,” says Abdul Aziz Al-Baghli, computer systems superintendent.

At the core of its disaster recovery infrastructure, KNPC has deployed two EMC Symmetrix systems, linked across a CNT fiber channel by the Symmetrix Remote Data Facility, a business continuity software tool from EMC. KNPC performs online back up of its vital data using Veritas NetBackup, connected to a StorageTek library at the primary site, and its storage network is attached to KNPC’s servers via Brocade switches.

As part of its agreement with KNPC, STME is offering business assessment services, deployment, implementation, training and support for the oil major's new storage solution.

“KNPC took a thorough look at their business needs and current infrastructure rather than adopting a ‘rip and replace’ approach to storage. Secondly, KNPC decided on a ‘best-of-breed’ solution made up of storage-specific vendors, rather than selecting a one size fits all IT vendor,” says Trevor Hutson, president & COO, STME. According to Hutson, the energy sector is one of the fastest-growing areas for enterprise storage and disaster recovery deployments.

Established in 1960, KNPC has one of the largest oil complexes in the world. It house three major oil refineries, and produces petroleum related products including automotive and industrial lubricants and greases.

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