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Terberg Group drives automotive Innovation with help from Veeam

Veeam maps new routes for protecting Intellectual Property and Microsoft Office 365 data

Columnbus, Ohio, May 14, 2020: Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions enabling Cloud Data Management™, announced today that Terberg Group, the world’s largest independent supplier of specialty automotive vehicles and products, replaced Symantec Backup Exec with Veeam Backup and Replication™, putting data protection back into the driver’s seat to safeguard intellectual property. Next, Terberg deployed Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, gaining total access and control of historical data to meet legal compliance requirements. Veeam succeeded in simplifying IT, saving the equivalent of nearly one full-time employee (FTE) and shifting the IT team’s focus from data protection to predictive analytics.

“Everyone said Veeam is the best solution out there, and everyone was right,” said Marco de Hair, IT Manager at Terberg Group. “Veeam takes care of data protection so we can focus on the business.”

Terberg Group has been in business for more than 150 years, beginning as a village forge in Benschop, Netherlands and developing into a holding company with 28 companies in 12 countries and nearly 3,000 employees. Terberg is still based in Benschop, but now it manufactures and exports automotive vehicles and products to 100 countries.

The automotive industry is rapidly changing, driven by developments in sustainability, digitalization, electrification and autonomous vehicles. Terberg responds to each development with high-quality, customized solutions derived from decades’ worth of intellectual property. Protecting intellectual property was Terberg’s challenge. Backup was unreliable and recovery was slow because Symantec Backup Exec was incapable of scaling to accommodate business growth. Within one year, company acquisitions nearly tripled the number of employees from 1,110 to 3,000 and terabytes of data from 80 to 200. Another challenge was protecting historical data in Microsoft Office 365. Terberg didn’t want to lose access and control of emails and files required for legal purposes.

Veeam solved each challenge by mapping new routes for protecting intellectual property and Office 365 data. Veeam backs up and replicates more than 200 TB across nearly 450 virtual machines (VMs) from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) 3PAR StoreServ Storage Snapshots. Recovery with Veeam is four times faster because of a feature called Instant VM Recovery®. Legacy backup couldn’t recover an entire VM instantly.

Instant VM Recovery is essential when a company’s most critical applications run on several VMs, including Terberg’s computer-aided design (CAD) applications. They fuel intellectual property, enabling Terberg to differentiate itself in the market. For example, Terberg’s electric tractors not only eliminate carbon emissions, but they also improve safety by restricting speed when they’re hauling two stacked containers rather than one. An autonomous vehicle called AutoTUG improves safety too, and it saves on personnel costs. AutoTUG determines its position using transponders embedded in the ground, enabling it to operate alone or among vehicles with human drivers.

Instant VM Recovery is also essential when a company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system runs on several VMs. Terberg uses Microsoft Dynamics AX on-premises to automate and optimize business processes. Veeam backs up the VMs that support Dynamics AX.

“It’s a relief knowing Veeam protects our intellectual property and our ERP,” de Hair said. “It’s also a relief knowing Veeam protects our data in Microsoft Office 365.”

Microsoft provides powerful services in Office 365, but comprehensive backup is not one of them. Veeam fills that void while also providing instant visibility into Office 365 backups, granular recovery of individual items and an easy-to-use eDiscovery option, so Terberg can meet legal compliance requirements quickly and easily.

“One of the biggest benefits of using Veeam is ease-of-use, and that saves time,” de Hair said. “One of our colleagues spent 90% of his time rerunning failed backups and recovering data before we deployed Veeam. Now he spends less than 10% of his time on backup, giving us the flexibility to work on projects that add value to the business like predictive maintenance.”

Predictive maintenance lets Terberg evaluate the condition of vehicles at customers’ work sites and proactively repair them before problems arise. Predictive maintenance is a product of predictive analytics. Terberg extracts data from Microsoft Dynamics AX and places it in Microsoft Azure for analysis.

“The more we use Veeam, the more we realize how reliable, robust and effective it is,” de Hair said. “If you’re not using Veeam, you should consider using it.”

To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com/success-stories/terberg.html.