Brink’s Brazil chose Veeam Backup & Replication to transform its approach to data protection. Recently, the company has further enhanced its capabilities by deploying Veeam Availability Suite, which combines Veeam Backup & Replication with the comprehensive monitoring capabilities of Veeam ONE.
“We’ve now depended on Veeam for backup and replication for nine successful years,” said Dalessi. “We decided to extend the solution to include Veeam ONE so we could gain end-to-end insight into this essential part of our infrastructure.”
Working with SoftwareOne, a Veeam partner with an expert data-protection team, Brink’s Brazil replaced tape-based backups with Veeam software and a high-performance disk storage array. Today, the company employs Veeam to protect 500 virtual machines (VMs) with several TB’s of data.
“Using Veeam, we can seamlessly back up a mixture of Linux and Windows VMs with minimal complexity,” said Dalessi, “The built-in WAN accelerator compensates for distance and variable bandwidth using techniques including compression, multi-threading and caching. This allows our offices in the furthest reaches of Brazil to send their backups centrally with no issues. Veeam works so well that we have been able to move from daily to hourly backups.”
Thanks to Veeam, Brink’s Brazil backups are now encrypted and immutable for a minimum of seven days by default, creating new layers of protection against cyberattacks.
“It gives us great peace of mind to know that because of Veeam it’s harder than ever for cyber criminals to hold us to ransom,” said Dalessi. “Our new encryption capabilities are also helping us meet the obligations of Brazil’s privacy and data protection laws.”
Brink’s Brazil can now back up essential systems including Oracle Database much faster than before. The company has also gained a single point of control for backups of its entire infrastructure, enabling unprecedented insight and optimization.
“By deploying Veeam alongside the disk storage arrays, we’ve made over-running our backup windows a thing of the past,” said Dalessi. “We’ve also got an end-to-end view of the status of all our backups in the Veeam ONE dashboard. We use the reporting features to help us optimize resource utilization and plan future capacity needs.”
Next on the agenda, Brink’s Brazil will connect on-premises Veeam Backup & Replication archives to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move will slash the cost and complexity of long-term data retention for the company.
“We’ve just completed a proof-of-concept exercise where we created a virtual tape library on AWS using Veeam and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and S3 Glacier,” said Dalessi. “The results were compelling, and we will soon roll out the solution to our complete environment. By combining Veeam and AWS technologies, we’ll eliminate the significant expense and effort involved in buying tapes to store our long-term data archives, maintaining a secure warehouse to store the tapes, and transporting tapes from our data center to the warehouse. We’re delighted to continue innovating with Veeam by our side.”