The Business Challenge
ATER Pordenone’s IT system is a complex environment, managing many mission-critical applications. Its virtualized environment is made up of two IBM servers, two cluster nodes based on Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and around 15 virtual machines (VMs). Various operating systems are used—from Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition.
ATER Pordenone began virtualizing around four years ago, and as of today, 99% of its applications have been virtualized using Microsoft Hyper-V. These applications include some mission-critical elements that require greater protection since they handle sensitive data regarding housing and tenants.
The Veeam Solution
To better protect virtualized data and perform simple and consistent backups, ATER Pordenone decided to use Veeam® Backup & Replication™, the ideal software for VMware and Hyper-V backups, data restoration, replication, VM management and risk elimination.
“I discovered Veeam at a conference in Milan where the software was being presented to the public,” said Stefano Gelmini, IT manager for ATER Pordenone. “For me, it was a new backup product and I was intrigued right from the start. So after finding out more, I contacted a local supplier who suggested an online demo who showed me how the product had been successfully installed for another client. On this occasion, I gained first-hand experience of the advantages of using Veeam Backup & Replication with regard to other backup software.”
ATER Pordenone downloaded the free trial of Veeam Backup & Replication to compare it to other software used in their offices.
“Then one morning, one of our machines wouldn’t switch on,” Gelmini said. “So I tried the restore functionality with the free trial version of Veeam Backup & Replication, and in 15 minutes, the machine was ready and in perfect working order. I was then convinced that the Veeam software was exactly what we needed.” With only the free trial version, ATER Pordenone managed to restore their working environment with no problems or technical training. Thanks to Instant VM Recovery™, the VM was completely restored in just a few minutes. Following this, ATER Pordenone decided Veeam Backup & Replication was the solution which best met their needs. They then turned to their local retailer, Baldissar, and decided to deploy the software immediately. Their previous backup tool now seemed unmanageable since it required considerable effort from the IT manager and almost an entire day to monitor VM backups.
Veeam Backup & Replication also delivers Built-in WAN Acceleration (developed by Veeam and optimized for Veeam backup files). Built-in WAN Acceleration allows users to copy data to a remote location up to 50 times faster than a standard file copy. Furthermore, it’s not necessary to purchase and deploy a generic WAN acceleration tool or to purchase additional network bandwidth for backups to offsite locations.
“Veeam Backup & Replication also allows me to back up on tape,” Gelmini said. “I strongly advise companies with the same problems to use this new release. You are safe in the knowledge of having backups and certain that all the data is safe and sound and fully recoverable in the case of failover by the VM”.
Veeam Backup & Replication guarantees maximum backup optimization since it was specifically developed to manage virtual environments. Backups are always safe, up-to-date and operations are quick and simple. In less than four hours, ATER Pordenone can back up its entire Hyper-V environment and know all the operative characteristics and data can be swiftly recovered in the event of a transfer to another datacenter.
Ease of use
Thanks to its fast, simple and intuitive interface, Veeam Backup & Replication can be installed and used without any training. Users can also save time and money and quickly make a return on their investment. “I particularly like the simple way of backing up,” Gelmini said. “I can back up immediately, without difficulty and be sure that the data being backed up with Veeam Backup & Replication is always accurate, congruous, and functional.”
Optimized disk space utilization
Out of all of Veeam Backup & Replication’s functionalities, automated backup verification and its efficient use of disc space are considered truly exceptional. ATER Pordenone’s use of space for backups has reduced greatly (at least 40%) thanks to built-in deduplication and compression. “Before, I needed 10 tapes,” Gelmini said. “Now, with just two 400 GB tapes, I can save all our data.”