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Case Study: Ricoh Transitions to Cloud Backup with HP Helion

Stephen_Spector ‎07-10-2014 10:18 AM - edited ‎10-11-2015 02:07 PM


Ricoh is a global brand specializing in printers, industrial products and digital cameras; recognized in 2012 as a Top 100 Global Innovator. The supporting IT environment exists in four regions – Japan, Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, meeting the needs of approximately 110,000 users every day.



As Ricoh expanded its global infrastructure they ended up having a variety of backup solutions requiring various solution experts as well as methodologies from remote location storage to global backup infrastructure. Ricoh needed a reliable, secure, inexpensive single cloud-based solution.



Ricoh chose HP Helion Public Cloud with our OpenStack Object Storage solution as their global backup mechanism leveraging the multi-format storage capability. With cost a concern, Ricoh was able to leverage existing internet connections as the backup pathway avoiding the need for dedicated physical lines.


In addition, HP brought in Riverbed, a HP Helion storage partner, and their SteelStore solution offering de-duplication and encryption within the data center before backup into the cloud. This addition reduced storage needs by 90%.



“We judged the effectiveness of HP Cloud Object Storage in a real operational environment, so we needed to be able to limit initial investment costs,” notes Toshiyuki Miyakoshi, Senior Specialist, Ricoh.





About the Author


Stephen Spector is a HPE Cloud Evangelist promoting the OpenStack based clouds at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds . He was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, he founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow Stephen at @SpectorID

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