AKKA Technologies, the European leader in engineering and R&D consulting,
supports its clients with key expertise in future technologies such as AI, IoT and
Big Data. With more than 16,000 employees spread across 50 sites in over 20
countries and a turnover of €1.3 billion in 2017, the company works with the main
European industrial groups, particularly in the automotive, aeronautics, rail, energy,
telecoms and defence sectors. The group, which positions itself as a real ‘accelerator
for innovation’, adopted a strategic plan, running until 2022, which aims at seizing
all the opportunities offered by the digital revolution, accelerating its growth in a
rapidly expanding market.
Driving end-to-end digital solutions into the world’s largest industrial groups means
it is important for AKKA Technologies to be able to address specific use-cases for
infrastructure development and the characteristics related to highly-regulated
industries such as aerospace and aeronautics. To achieve this, the company
needs an agnostic solution that would allow it to backup and restore its many
environments, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows and Linux
operating systems and its Microsoft Exchange and SQL applications.
AKKA Technologies protects 1,800 VMs and more than 400 Terabytes of data
to provide world-class engineering consulting and R&D services to underpin
high-profile projects worldwide. Examples include ‘airport video surveillance’
(Co-Friend), ‘aircraft automatic inspection (AIR-COBOT) and ‘natural disaster
prevention’ (InGeoCloudS) – all of which are leading-edge technological initiatives
aimed to improve travel experience and safety, as well as supporting EU initiatives
for environmental management.
Choosing Veeam was a strategic decision based on a dual purpose for IT excellence.
Firstly, Veeam ensures reliable and recoverable operational data, which allows
engineers to have access to all the available digital services that are required to
meet project SLAs. Secondly, Veeam supports a targeted backup and granular
restoration using its Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange functionality.
“We need to be able to offer our internal and external employees infrastructure
as a service with restoration capabilities that comply with the SLAs set out in the
agreements between the business and the IT department’s internal services,”
explains Bruno Ispa, Infrastructure & Datacenters Manager at AKKA Technologies.
These agreements require a flexible, fast and efficient backup service to restore
complete environments within 24 to 48 hours – commitments that the previous
solution did not deliver, due to a particularly heavy visualization console, excessively
long backup windows and insufficient recovery capacities.
After a successful POC and several weeks of testing on different environments and
use cases, it became obvious that Veeam was the most appropriate solution. A
decision which was motivated in part by the agnostic and non-intrusive aspect of
the solution, which did not require the deployment of agents on virtual machines
and, therefore, avoided polluting the customers IT environment. It was also
important to be able to rely on sandbox environments for regular testing in order
to perform safety and compliance audits in connection with new certifications
obtained by the group.
Thanks to Veeam, AKKA Technologies now has a powerful tool that is capable
of following the evolution of its virtualization system. “The flexibility of Veeam is
key to our business. Until then, we wasted a lot of time reinstalling backup agents
on all VMs each time we upgraded our VMware or Hyper-V versions. On the
customer side, the solution is totally seamless: Veeam’s agnostic nature helps to not
overcomplicate VM deliveries”.
Veeam also provided a significant time reduction of backup windows from several
days to only a few hours for larger volumes, 18 times faster than the previous
solution. IT is now able to meet the backup and recovery objectives set in the SLAs.
The teams have also been able to free up time that is now being devoted to other
tasks such as improving internal systems or other higher added value activities such
as infrastructure design or architecture.
From planning and backup operations monitoring to reporting and instant recovery
features, Veeam also offers unparalleled administrative simplicity, making it easy
to identify failures very quickly and resolve them simply, due to the automatic
resolution suggestions, without the need to contact Veeam. Bruno Ispa adds, “The
ease of use of the product means that my teams do not need any training for the
solution, as it does not require any particular knowledge. This is a huge time saver
and a very positive point.”
Based on the excellent results of the solution, AKKA Technologies extended
Veeam’s scope across the Group. One of the main regions being AKKA Germany,
who are now working with car manufacturers to help invent ‘Driver Assistance
Systems for autonomous driving. “Since implementing the solution, we have been
reassured in our initial choice of Veeam and in our decision to deploy and extend the
scope of the solution to the entire group. The solution is now the standard for VMs,”
concludes Bruno Ispa.
- Back-up procedures completed 18 times faster and SLAs met
Thanks to Veeam, backup windows were reduced significantly, ensuring
compliance of RPO/RTO set in project SLAs.
- Full-time equivalent (FTE) workload savings per week
Veeam’s speed and efficiency has led to a global roll-out across the organisation,
becoming the company standard for VM back-up and recovery. AKKA
Technologies saves the equivalent of ½ FTE per week, helping the company save
more than 40,000€ per year and freeing up time for engineers to deliver world
class project management and technological consultancy.
- Pioneering technological advancement across major industry sectors and
Veeam Intelligent Data Management gives AKKA Technologies the ability to
become an ‘innovation partner’, inventing technologies which will help enrich
human lives and support the environment.