Utrecht, Netherlands, 7 July 2020: Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions enabling Cloud Data Management™, today announced that the ENGIE Group, a global energy and services conglomerate that has been part of the Fortune Global 500 for more than 21 years and operates in 70 countries on five continents, chose Veeam Backup & Replication™ to protect the solutions it develops that help customers reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.
The energy industry is undergoing major changes generated by the transition to a zero-carbon world and Digital Transformation. ENGIE’s response to these changes is to become the world leader in the transition by providing customers with tailor-made, energy-efficient, Software as a Service solutions. ENGIE’s challenge was ensuring solutions are backed up and available continuously so customers can maintain business continuity.
“We build sustainable solutions that neutralize carbon footprints while optimizing manufacturing processes,” said Eric Roos, lead application engineer in industrial automation services at ENGIE. “Most of our customers operate 24 hours a day, so their solutions must be available 24 hours a day.”
ENGIE’s challenge was ensuring customers’ solutions are always available. Backup wasn’t 100% reliable, so Roos and his colleagues searched for an alternative. One of their key requirements was fast, reliable backup on premises and off premises to ENGIE’s own data centers or private clouds. Another key requirement was Cloud Data Management. An increasing number of ENGIE’s customers use clouds for data optimization and predictive analysis, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve efficiency and productivity.
ENGIE considered three backup solutions — Cohesity, Zerto and Veeam. Following proof-of-concept demonstrations of all three, Roos said he and his colleagues were convinced only Veeam was capable of meeting ENGIE’s needs. Veeam backs up 400 TB across 530 virtual machines on premises at ENGIE and off premises to private clouds, enabling the 3-2-1 Rule (three backups on two different media with one backup being off premises) for business continuity.
“Veeam supports our goal to fight climate change and accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by ensuring our customers have continuous access to tailor-made, sustainable solutions that operate their facilities,” Roos said.
ENGIE’s solutions are diverse and far-reaching. The Maxima Centrale Power Plant in the Netherlands uses intelligent IT systems and software optimized by ENGIE to generate electricity from natural gas for 1.6 million households. Veeam helps ENGIE make sure the systems and software are backed up and available, so electricity powering homes and business is uninterrupted.
Animal feed mills across the globe use ENGIE’s customized software platforms to automate production of feed and eliminate cross-contamination. Feed for cows, chickens and pigs can’t be mixed because their diet requirements are very different, and what they eat affects the taste of their milk and meat. ENGIE’s solutions not only help avoid cross-contamination, they also support energy efficiency and sanitation efforts to avoid salmonella.
Veeam also helps ENGIE support customers using AI and ML. Veeam Cloud Data Management evolves the way their data is managed, making it smarter and more self-governing while ensuring availability across any infrastructure.
“Multi-cloud solutions are becoming more important to our customers,” Roos said. “For many of them, the future may include cloud modules we develop that provide live reports on weather, traffic and other information critical to their success. We’re ready for the future, and Veeam will help us achieve our goals.”