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Veeam protects the company’s IT systems supporting society

Brisbane, Australia, 18 November 2020: Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions enabling Cloud Data Management™, today announced that Penske Australia & New Zealand, a leading supplier of the world’s finest heavy-duty trucks, diesel and gas engines, power systems and related parts, has replaced Veritas NetBackup with Veeam Backup & Replication™.  Veeam increases backup, replication and recovery speeds by 90% and ensures seamless failover for the first time, making disaster recovery efficient and reliable. Veeam also supports regulatory compliance and helps protect against cyberattacks.

Penske Australia & New Zealand is wholly owned by Penske Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that operates automotive and commercial vehicle dealerships across the United States and Western Europe. Penske Australia & New Zealand provides trucks that transport goods and services across both countries, which means the availability of IT systems is critical to the continuity of logistics. The company also provides engines for buses, trains, maritime vessels and military vehicles and supplies generators that deliver electricity to mines, hospitals and large city infrastructures.

Several IT systems support Penske Australia & New Zealand. Two of the most critical are Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Pentana ERP. “If they’re not available, we’d be in a world of hurt,” said Bobby Stojceski, Technology and Security Manager at Penske Australia & New Zealand. “We wouldn’t be able to provide the level of service our customers expect and deserve. We also wouldn’t be compliant with regulatory requirements, and we’d be exposed to the ever-increasing threat of cyberattacks.

“Data protection is a top priority,” he continued. “That’s why we didn’t waste any time replacing NetBackup. Backup and recovery solution were slow, unreliable and difficult to manage. Replication wasn’t easy either. We used VMware SRM to replicate, but at the time, it could only replicate at the storage level, and we needed to replicate at the virtual machine level for faster DR. Veeam provides a simple, integrated solution that saves the company valuable time.”

Stojceski said being able to fail over to the DR center quickly and reliably is the biggest benefit Veeam provides. “It means monitoring and maintenance services we provide to customers won’t be interrupted, enabling us to do our part to keep the lights on in hospitals and cities for public health and safety, confirm engines in military defense vehicles are operating at maximum capacity, and keep trucks on the road so they can deliver freight to support the economy.”

Penske Australia & New Zealand also uses SureBackup® to verify the recoverability of backups, helping the IT team tick off compliance tasks for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). As a global business holding sensitive government data, ensuring a high level of multi-region compliance is essential for the protection of not only the company, but also the economy from cyberattacks.

“Knowing Veeam helps protect our data is reassuring,” Stojceski said. “Don’t get me wrong—we’re on high alert, but if our network were breached, Veeam replicas and backup repository would help us recover our IT systems fast.”

Veeam backs up and replicates 36 TB across 200 virtual machines from Cisco HyperFlex storage snapshots. Penske Australia & New Zealand implemented the Cisco HyperFlex system a few years after deploying Veeam. “Backup, replication and recovery have never been so fast because Veeam integrates so well with HyperFlex,” Stojceski said.

In addition to integration, he said Veeam and Cisco HyperFlex have something else in common: they offer a roadmap for the future. Unfortunately, the future included COVID-19.

“We could have been in tough shape if we hadn’t installed Veeam and Cisco HyperFlex before the pandemic. Veeam allowed us to deploy and protect a remote desktop environment in a matter of days, enabling 300 employees to work from home. There’s never been a more important time to make sure goods and services keep moving through Australia and New Zealand. We’re grateful Veeam and Cisco HyperFlex help us maintain business as usual.”

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