Case Study: Kingfisher IT Prefers to Replicate in the Hypervisor

Kingfisher plc is Europe’s largest home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world, with 988 stores in eight countries in Europe and Asia. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. KingFisher’s IT Services (KITs) provides IT services centrally, enabling consistent and accessible support for all stores and corporate departments. To continue to improve on the ROI of their IT infrastructure, they implemented virtualization which increased flexibility, and allowed KITs to respond quickly to market changes and reduce costs. Once this infrastructure was in place, they wanted to leverage it with BC/DR to ensure uptime of their business critical retail operations.

KITs explored existing physical BC/DR tools to protect their virtualized infrastructure, hoping it would be enough. To achieve this, KITs evaluated several solutions marketed towards protecting virtualized environments including a popular orchestration tool for virtualized infrastructure, often used together with array-based replication. Unfortunately, Kingfisher was
still unable to get the agility and flexibility that they needed with array-based solutions. Zerto Virtual Replication was able to deliver the aggressive RPOs and RTOs that KITs required to run their European retail business. Additionally, the BC/DR testing capabilities gave KITs the confidence that Zerto would work every time, ensuring no interruption to business operations.

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Quotes from the Case Study:

  • “A traditional, physical solution was not meeting our needs. Zerto not only met our requirements, it exceeded expectations.”
  • “With Zerto, not only is the process efficient, it is so simple.”
  • “We just select the virtual machines and migrate them over. This could have taken us months using a traditional solution.”

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