05.03.2008 | Bulgaria

S&T Bulgaria Improves Data Security at Mobiltel

High Performance Storage and Data Replication Solution Installed

5th March 2008. S&T Bulgaria has planned and implemented a data storage and replication system, distributed over three sites, for Mobiltel, the leading Bulgarian mobile operator. This system provides Mobiltel with a high-end storage system, which has an extremely high level of data availability, optimal performance and cost-effectiveness and at the same time, fulfills the strictest service level and regulatory requirements. The contract has just been successfully completed.
With some 50.3% of the mobile market and 5.1 million customers, Mobiltel is the clear market leader in Bulgaria. The company was taken over in 2005 by the Austrian telecommunications group, Mobilkom/Telekom Austria. Mobiltel commissioned S&T Bulgaria to plan and install a professional, state-of-the-art storage system, which would comply with the regulatory requirements and satisfy higher domestic service level requirements. S&T Bulgaria had already worked for more than six years for Mobiltel.

The S&T Group supports several Telekom Austria subsidiaries in different countries, such as Vipnet in Croatia and SiMobil in Slovenia. S&T Bulgaria completed the first disaster recovery / business continuity project in Bulgaria for Mobiltel in 2003. "We have set new standards in Bulgaria with this 'Star’ configuration storage system. Never before has such a complex and modern system been installed in this country. As market leader it is also our duty to set new standards with our IT-systems. We were able to achieve an optimal solution by working with the experts from S&T“, explained Mobiltel's Head of Enterprise Resources Management Department Simeon Dimitrov.

3 Sites for 1 Storage System

The project, which was started at the beginning of 2007 and recently completed, encompassed the planning and installation of a multi-hop data recovery network, which was distributed over three sites. Two of the sites, where data replication is carried out synchronously, were located in Sofia: the third was located in more than 500 km away from Sofia and connected by a high-speed fiberglass cable. Through the use of powerful EMC² SRDF Data Mobility technology, storage replication takes place remotely using EMC² Symmetrixs DMX-3 storage architecture, which guarantees Mobiltel maximum flexibility and enormous scalability whilst at the same time offering maximum performance.

This solution guarantees the high availability of data as well as its seamless integration into other systems, such as SAP or Oracle. "The quantity of data created and stored in companies is continually increasing. At the same time, loss of data would endanger the majority of companies today. Therefore, data security and availability play a major role for our customers - and not only for regulatory reasons. We have specialists with many years' experience, not just at our Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Competence Center, who are able to cost-effectively plan and implement highly complex and future-proof system solutions“, said Christian Rosner, CEO of S&T.

Only 35 % of Companies are Prepared for Loss of Data

A survey carried out in August 2007 by the independent British market research company, Redshift Research, showed that, on average, only 35 % of firms considered their preparations for avoiding permanent data loss comprehensive. The survey was carried out in eight countries in Western Europe amongst 1000 IT managers. The managers worked in companies which were active in various sectors and had between 100 and 1000 employees. The results showed that, in the event of an emergency, many companies would not be protected and would be confronted with loss of data.

At the same time, the managers questioned confirmed the increasing need for more storage capacity. Rosner: "Interest in professional storage solutions is increasing - not only from large but also from medium-sized firms. The demand is not only for technological know-how but above all for consulting services and solution planning based on a detailed knowledge of the business sector.“
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