COLUMBUS, Ohio – December 16, 2020: Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™, today announced that Avnet, a global electronic components distributor with extensive design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise for customers at every stage of the product lifecycle, replaced Veritas Backup Exec with Veeam Availability Suite™ to protect business intelligence and align with the company’s cloud initiative.
Veeam simplifies and centralizes data protection for Avnet in the Americas and APAC by simultaneously backing up to NetApp Storage on-premises and to Azure Blob, making it easier for the IT team to meet service level agreements (SLAs) with the business and comply with regulatory requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Controlled Unclassified Information Program (CUI). Veeam also saves Avnet $200,000 each year in backup licensing costs and migrates critical workloads quickly and seamlessly, enabling the company to move on-premises workloads to Azure Blob fast during political unrest in Hong Kong.
“Our Hong Kong office is close to where people were protesting, so our executive board was concerned about employees’ safety and the safety of our data,” said Mark Wysolmierski, Senior Manager of Systems Administration at Avnet. “We were already using Veeam to back up to Azure Blob, so we used Veeam to migrate critical applications to Azure Blob as well. The applications are used daily by offices throughout the region, so migrating them to the cloud quickly, easily and effortlessly was a big win for Avnet.”
Wysolmierski said Veeam also migrates workloads when Avnet acquires companies and when data centers are consolidated or decommissioned. “Veeam migration is quick, easy and seamless—even over low bandwidth because of its built-in WAN Acceleration,” he said. “Veeam is a business enabler in so many ways.”
Wysolmierski provided another example of enablement: Microsoft named Avnet a strategic partner for Azure Sphere, a secure application platform providing communication and security features for internet-connected devices. Avnet was the first company to distribute a starter kit powered by Azure Sphere to help customers accelerate their internet of things (IoT) deployments. “Veeam backs up the analytical data in this environment too,” he said. “We’re confident data is protected and can be recovered quickly and easily so we can serve our customers.”
Avnet’s customers are diverse, and so are their products. “Our customers vary across industries, but they have one thing in common,” Wysolmierski said. “They trust Avnet to help them turn their ideas into products, and we trust Veeam to protect the business intelligence that powers that process.”