Setting up an entirely new IT environment was the challenge chemical company Arlanxeo faced a few years back. Fortunately, the company in Belgium was able to benefit from the professional support provided by Inetum-Realdolmen to bring the backup part of the process to a successful conclusion. "I'm most impressed by the flexibility of their support engineers," says Bruno De Smet, IT Manager at Arlanxeo Belgium.
Arlanxeo was established in 2016 as a joint venture between the German chemical group Lanxess and the Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco. In late 2018, Arlanxeo passed into the full ownership of Saudi Aramco. Until then, the company had been able to use an umbrella IT infrastructure that it shared with Lanxess, but now it had to work quickly to create its own IT environment. "From the network and the servers to the clients, and from the ERP system to the workplace: we had to rebuild everything," recalls Bruno De Smet.
Continuity in backup
"As part of that mission, we implemented many major innovations in just a few years," continues the IT Manager. "For example, we went from Lotus Notes to Outlook and from Windows 7 to Windows 10. We went from the Lanxess data center to an Azure data center. And we traded our former MPLS network for an SD-WAN."
It goes without saying that not every part of Arlanxeo's ICT infrastructure was due for such a thorough, sweeping overhaul. The Belgian branch in Zwijndrecht, where about 350 employees work, consciously opted for continuity in the backup of its local production data. It decided to simply split the existing Commvault shared platform in the first instance. "We were satisfied with Commvault's backup solution. It combines flexibility and stability," explains Bruno De Smet. His experience is that Commvault ensures very high-quality, mature technology that allows fine-grained management of the backup and recovery infrastructure.
"We had no compelling reason to change backup providers. And we didn't exactly have time to spare either." That made Arlanxeo Belgium choose the path of least resistance for that essential part of its IT infrastructure. Which, incidentally, was by no means a simple undertaking. Bruno De Smet is well aware that you can't just split off and migrate an existing Commvault solution out of the box. That's why he called in the help of external, certified specialists from Inetum-Realdolmen