After rigorously evaluating a shortlist of five vendors, Asda selected Veeam Availability Suite as the foundation for its new data protection capability. With automation from Veeam Backup & Replication and central visibility from Veeam ONE, the solution enables the company to deliver maximum protection for mission-critical systems while keeping IT headcount lean.
“We like the fact that Veeam isn’t a black box — it’s very open, which means we can often troubleshoot on our own,” said Mat Cox. “It’s also very flexible. Veeam doesn’t require us to deploy bulky appliances, which gives us a great deal of freedom around how and where we store our data, including cloud backup options.”
Working with Veeam, Asda is deploying the new data protection solution into production. The solution now backs up and replicates data between the company’s primary and secondary data centers, its head office and one of its depots. A further rollout to the rest of Asda’s depots and stores is underway.
“Working with Veeam on the first phase of the implementation has been a very positive experience,” said Mat Cox. “The Veeam solution just works, and on the rare occasions that we’ve needed support or guidance, the team are always ready to help.”
He continues: “Veeam is also simple to deploy. Going forward, we plan to use automated software provisioning patterns to handle most of the configuration work for us, which will allow us to accelerate the next phase of the rollout.”
To guard against cyber threats such as ransomware, Asda uses Veeam to create immutable backups — preventing attackers from encrypting data after it has been written. In addition, the company is starting to use automation from Veeam to build self-service workflows, which will empower user groups such as database administrators to restore individual files themselves.
“Being able to see all our backups through a single pane of glass with Veeam is a big advantage,” said Mat Cox. “We can now configure, run and monitor backup jobs automatically, increasing data protection for Asda NewCo while keeping the IT team lean. Crucially, we think Veeam’s support for self-service restores could cut IT support requests by more than half.”
As Asda continues to deploy Veeam across its business, the company is confident that the solution offers the scalability and flexibility to support its long-term strategic goals.
“In the past, adding new storage to our backup appliances was time-consuming and painful, but with Veeam the difference is night and day,” said Mat Cox. “With Veeam’s Scale-Out Backup Repository, adding new storage couldn’t be smoother. We simply connect the new storage device, transfer everything with a couple of clicks and then remove the old device. Without a doubt, Veeam will make it easy to scale our backup environment as our data volumes grow.”