Stena Bulk chooses Neverfail to protect communications


Stena Bulk chooses Neverfail to protect communications

Warwick Ashford

Global petroleum shipping company Stena Bulk has fortified its tape backup and off-site storage systems with Neverfail software to protect its Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server environments.

Gothenburg, Sweden-based Stena Bulk operates 71 tankers through several worldwide offices, including London, Singapore, Beijing and Houston, Texas.

The company relies heavily on the continuous exchange of data and email to conduct its business, and estimates any disruptions to these communication systems would cost millions of pounds.

The Neverfail implementation is a result of a review of Stena Bulk's disaster recovery plans after hurricanes Rita and Katrina struck the Gulf Coast near its Houston offices in 2005.

Although unaffected by the hurricanes, Stena Bulk concluded its global shipping operations would be adversely affected if bad weather were to cause a period of application downtime.

"Neverfail for Exchange and SQL server, as well as Neverfail's Application Module eXtensions and Low Bandwidth are the most robust continuous availability solutions on the market," said Pär Persson, IT manager for the Stena group.

Stena Bulk said it has already benefited from the Neverfail implementation. During a two-day system maintenance and power shut-down at the company's Houston office, Stena Bulk rolled its server over to its Gothenburg facilities without disruption.

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