As one of the most respected authorities on car and home entertainment products, Crutchfield consistently earns industry accolades for the quality, design and usefulness of its award-winning catalog, call center and popular e-commerce website. Technology has played a major role at Crutchfield since the company launched the first vendor-authorized audio/video Internet shopping destination. Today, a 14-person IT infrastructure team oversees 120 Microsoft servers running Windows 2003, SQL Server 2005, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint Portal Server 2007. The company also supports a growing storage environment comprising EMC SANs and 8 terabytes of storage that continues to increase by approximately 15 percent each year.
After a storage growth spurt overtaxed the companys existing backup and recovery foundation, Crutchfield decided to deploy best-of-class disk-to-disk-to-tape hardware and more robust data protection software. The evaluation of competing software alternatives coincided with a deployment of Microsoft SharePoint, which added item-level recovery of SharePoint files to its top selection criteria. As one of the first vendors to support this level of granular backup and recovery for SharePoint, CommVault was selected over Symantec Veritas NetBackup and EMC Networker, both of which would have required Crutchfield to rebuild an entire SharePoint system offline from tape for restores. In contrast, CommVaults first SharePoint recovery took less than an hour.
According to Steve Weiskircher, vice president of information technology for Crutchfield, CommVaults seamless SharePoint support has expedited upgrades to newer releases, optimized overall data management and reduced administrative overhead substantially. CommVault is our corporate standard for backup and recovery, he says. It gives us great peace of mind knowing they are in lock-step with Microsoft while continuing to keep pace with the latest technology advancements to give Crutchfield unprecedented levels of data protection.
CommVault Systems Inc.