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World’s leading LNG shipping company utilizes Veeam technology

Veeam solutions ensure data availability that is critical for streamlining operations and business continuity, empowering C-level executives in their decision making

Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management, announced that Nakilat, a publicly listed global shipping and maritime company, has implemented Veeam Availability Suite™ Enterprise Plus to provide cloud and data availability and reliability. Veeam’s solution ensures that critical data from vessels at sea is reliably and accurately backed up and thanks to Veeam’s instant recovery feature, Nakilat has managed to reduce restore time for its Virtual Machines (VMs) by 70%. It also solves key cloud challenges and paves the way for the successful implementation of the company’s cloud-first and IoT strategies.

Nakilat’s LNG shipping fleet is comprised of 69 LNG vessels and is the largest in the world, accounting for about 12% of the total global LNG shipping capacity. In 2019 alone, the company delivered more than 59 million tons of LNG to over 70 terminals in more than 25 countries. Managing 18 vessels (14 LNG carriers and 4 LPG carriers) in-house as well as operating an integrated shipping and maritime operation at its shipyard in Ras Laffan through its local joint venture companies, approximately 3,000 personnel have been employed to successfully run the massive operation.

Data plays a pivotal role in managing and optimizing the utilization of this expansive fleet. With each vessel fully equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and technologies, there was tremendous potential for this wealth of data to be utilized to increase operational efficiency, avoid delays, improve planning, enhance security and conduct predictive analysis.

However, there was one big challenge; owing to bandwidth limitation inherent to the VSAT technology used for connectivity on its offshore vessels, Nakilat was unable to consistently and reliably back up critical data from its LNG fleet. As this data is critical to empowering C-level executives in their decision making, and in ensuring streamlined operations and business continuity, this posed a significant risk to Nakilat’s business.

Nakilat was able to reap benefits soon after deployment of Veeam Availability Suite™ Enterprise Plus solution. Despite VSAT links only offering between 1 to 4 Mbps transfer speeds, the Veeam solution’s industry-leading compression and deduplication capabilities ensure that critical data from vessels at sea is reliably and accurately backed up to the company's onsite or cloud data centers.

Nakilat has managed to reduce restore time for its VMs by 70% thanks to Veeam’s instant recovery feature and Muhammad Yasir Khan, Head of IT Infrastructure, Nakilat states that this has ‘drastically reduced’ service interruptions. Furthermore, the solution’s on-demand sandboxing restore feature enables the company’s IT team to instantly set up the entire infrastructure in an isolated environment, greatly aiding and simplifying testing and development.

Nakilat now relies on Veeam to support the company’s ‘cloud-first strategy’. Veeam has enabled Nakilat to successfully meet the point and time recovery objectives of its Office 365 mailboxes and SharePoint online libraries which were previously one of the company's main cloud challenges. -

In all these ambitions, Nakilat remains confident that in Veeam, they have a technology partner that is fully prepared to deliver the world-class solutions and support they need. “We are satisfied with the services provided by Veeam as our partner in enabling constant technological innovation,” he concluded.To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com/success-stories/nakilat.html or https://www.veeam.com.