Wednesday 20 February 2019

Laing O’Rourke implements Commvault data platform

DUBAI, January 18, 2018

Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, revealed that Laing O’Rourke, an international engineering enterprise, has implemented the Commvault Data Platform.

Laing O’Rourke will use the platform to centralise and take control of its data management in Europe through the scalable and secure solution, said a statement.

Initially implemented to address the backup needs of a dispersed mobile workforce, Commvault’s solution has now empowered Laing O’Rourke to completely rethink its whole data management strategy and enabled additional layers of protection and cloud migration capabilities, it said.

Initially Laing O’Rourke was in search of a solution that enabled it to move away from legacy tape backup, but by switching to Commvault, it gained the ability to accelerate its adoption of public cloud, PaaS and hyper-converged infrastructure.

Commvault’s software is cloud native, so migrating to the cloud comes with the reassurance that data is protected in the same way it has been on-premises, which was a key concern when looking to adopt cloud. This capability has also enabled Laing O’Rourke to adopt cloud native applications such as Office 365, which supports its agile business model, it added.

Gareth Burton, CIO Europe, Laing O’Rourke, said: “At our company we are ramping up our digital transformation activities and have adopted a cloud-first strategy to aggressively leverage public cloud services.”

“Where we have chosen to stay on-premises, we are consolidating data centres, introducing hyper-converged private cloud and improving data availability and business resilience across the board,” he said.

A leading construction and engineering enterprise, Laing O’Rourke brings innovation and excellence to the sector through its digital and offsite manufacturing approach. Its project portfolio in the UK boasts projects such as London’s Heathrow Terminals 2 and 5, Crossrail stations and is currently on site delivering the main package for Hinkley Point C.

The company is currently delivering 50 live construction projects across the UK and is headquartered in Dartford, Kent with a number of regional offices and manufacturing hubs throughout the country.

Laing O’Rourke’s IT infrastructure consists of three data centres, which are 85 per cent virtualised using VMware’s vSphere and Microsoft’s Hyper-V platforms. It has 350TB of active data, various application data sets including Exchange, databases and web apps, and large unstructured file data.

Burton said: “The need to move and protect workloads across our hybrid systems, and to introduce data cost management processes meant a data management platform, rather than point products, made sense to manage our large and geographically dispersed data landscape. It was an easy decision to partner with Commvault.”

“It was essential that our enterprise cloud strategy included plans for protecting, securing and managing cloud data as well as our on-premises datasets as they are moved, managed and used for business gain. Increasing regulation and cyber security requirements brings another focus to our data management practices,” he said.

“Our data growth is only going in one direction and Commvault has proven itself to be a knowledgeable and valuable partner as we transform to an ever more complex hybrid IT setting,” he added.

Rob Van Lubek, area vice president EMEA North at Commvault, said: “Laing O’Rourke represented a unique opportunity to challenge our platform because of its geographically dispersed workforce and data estate and its desire to be an early adopter of new technology.”

“I am pleased to say that the software has excelled at handling every aspect of Laing O’Rourke’s evolving IT strategy. From enabling cloud adoption to protecting data from any threat,” he said.

“No matter where the data sits, we have not only offered a solution, but also extended Laing O’Rourke’s team with knowledgeable experts and superior support,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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