Opening the Book on Cloud Migration to Google Cloud with Incentro and HYCU
Text Book Centre (TBC) is East and Central Africa's largest Educational, Cultural and Technological Content and Products Distributor. It was founded in 1964 as a partnership between two businessmen in Kenya, Mr. S Vidhu Shah and Mahesh J Rughani. TBC has grown to become the leading bookstore chain in Kenya. Its retail, wholesale and distribution services have unrivalled capacity to meet the demands of Kenya's vibrant education sector.
To meet the demands of the region’s vibrant education sector, with its flagship store at Sarit Centre, TBC has ten branches with plans to grow and expand within the region. To overcome the existing challenges and to set TBC on the path to success, the team set upon an aggressive rollout to modernize the IT organization to make it operationally more agile while addressing consumer specific driven needs and demands.
Two parts of the modernization effort were a move from an outdated ERP system that had been in place for the past 15 years to SAP. In addition, the team moved from an on-premises based infrastructure to Google Cloud. To support this effort, TBC needed an easy-to-use backup and recovery solution that worked well with Google Cloud and SAP.
“At the end of the day, our goal was to continue to make a difference for our customers by delivering a better experience for them with technology and services that allowed us to focus on them and on spending time, energy and resources in managing infrastructure,” said Ezekiel Kagongo, IT Manager, Text Book Centre.
In collaboration with Incentro, TBC’s IT solutions partner and a Google Premier Partner with more than ten years of experience in Cloud migration, Enterprise Collaboration and smart application development, the IT team needed a cloud-native backup and recovery solutions that could help.
“After we made a strategic decision to move to GCP, we needed a backup solution that could scale with our Google Cloud infrastructure growth but that was also Backint-certified to run with SAP HANA,“ Kagongo says.
Ease of Use and Deployment: There was Zero sizing effort with HYCU’s elastic, cloud-scale architecture and ability to support geographic coverage with little to no complexity. Also, as HYCU requires zero maintenance and updates are automated as-a-service in GCP + Integrated Google Billing, there was little to no need for professional services.
Fast Backup and Restore Times: HYCU leverages the full efficiency advantages of Google Cloud, significantly reducing backup and restore times. “With HYCU, backup and recovery time is next to nothing,” says Kagongo.
“We recently had to restore an application and it took just 60 seconds. With our previous backup solution, that would have taken significantly longer.”
Reduced Costs and Operational Simplicity: There was zero learning curve with HYCU’s UI tailored to GCP terminology. For TBC’s DevOps teams, it was easy to consume both backup and recovery as a service. “We dramatically reduced our storage costs with a combination of Google Snapshots and native Change Block Tracking technology (incremental forever backups) along with SAP HANA Backup and HYCU using Cloud Storage Backint,” Kagongo adds
“Using HYCU to support our move to Google Cloud and SAP HANA was the best decision we made.”
- Ezekiel Kagongo, IT Manager, Text Book Centre
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