Vital Ship Management System and Email
The Neverfail Group (Neverfail), a leading global software company providing both a high availability solution and disaster recovery software, today announced Stena Bulk LLC has implemented several Neverfail products, including Neverfail for Microsoft® Exchange, Neverfail for Microsoft® SQL Server, Neverfail Application Module eXtensions (AMXs) and Neverfail’s Low Bandwidth Module to ensure continuous availability and accessibility of business-critical data. Stena Bulk, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, is one of the largest petroleum shipping companies in the world and operates 71 tankers through several worldwide offices including Houston, London, Singapore, Beijing and Moscow.
Following the disastrous 2005 hurricane season that affected businesses along the Gulf Coast, Stena Bulk examined its own disaster recovery capabilities. While its Houston facilities remained unaffected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Stena Rederi AB—the division that oversees technology for the Stena companies, including Stena Bulk—concluded that its global shipping operations would be adversely affected if inclement weather or planned maintenance were to cause a period of application downtime.
Working with a Neverfail partner and value-added reseller, Stena Rederi decided to fortify its tape backup and off-site storage solution with Neverfail for Microsoft Exchange to protect and maintain email communications and Neverfail for Microsoft SQL Server to protect SHIPNET, the company’s ship management system.
“As a global shipping company, we rely heavily on the continuous exchange of data and email for all our negotiations, deliveries and payments – downtime is simply not an option for us,” said Pär Persson, IT manager of Stena Rederi AB. “Neverfail for Exchange and SQL Server, as well as Neverfail’s Application Module eXtensions and Low Bandwidth solution are the most robust continuous availability solution on the market. Neverfail’s products have already provided a return on our investment by helping us keep our business up and running through any situation.”
Stena Bulk has already benefited from their Neverfail implementation. During a two-day system maintenance and power shut-down operation in the company’s Houston office, Stena Bulk rolled its servers over to its Gothenburg facilities, keeping their systems up and running until power was restored, ensuring no disruption in productivity. With Neverfail, the entire failover process is completely
transparent to the end-user and does not require them to restart email or databases. Employees continue to work as usual regardless of natural disruptions or maintenance operations.
“International organizations that depend on up-to-the-minute business data through email and other applications cannot afford to experience instances of downtime,” said Dave French, Neverfail Americas CEO. “Stena Bulk’s petroleum shipping operations required a low-maintenance solution that would ensure uninterrupted access to mission-critical applications at all times. Neverfail is pleased to provide the continuous availability solutions that help organizations keep their users connected.”