Like the dr. Schumacher Group protects itself against failures and data manipulation2020 is the year of the pandemic: the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has arrived in Europe. In Germany, the manufacturers of disinfectants have been classified as systemically important.
One of these manufacturers is Dr. Schumacher GmbH – a German family business specializing in the development and production of disinfectants, hygiene and cleaning agents. The company currently employs more than 1,850 people at nine locations worldwide and sells its products in over 70 countries.
The availability of its data and services around the clock and around the globe is business-critical for the global company. The decision to outsource certain services to the cloud was therefore an obvious one. The migration itself was relatively easy. Software manufacturers today offer many options to support the path to the cloud. However, there were also unexpected challenges. Klaus-Jürgen Beckmann, CIO of Dr. Schumacher Group was surprised “that the well-known manufacturers of backup solutions could not back up all objects from the various clouds. It is very important that, e.g. with MS teams, not only the data but also the structures (e.g. the teams) are backed up. With regard to the individual clouds from different manufacturers, the realization was that not all the usual cloud providers – e.g. SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft – are served by all backup providers in the same way.”
Cloud and then?
A hybrid on-premises multi-cloud environment requires an overall backup solution that backs up all objects in sufficient depth. Equally important is a high-performance and simple recovery of data and systems in the event of a disaster. For a 24/7 manufacturing company, every minute of downtime means major financial losses.