To unlock the agility of a hybrid cloud strategy, Britvic selected Veeam Data Platform and Veeam Backup for AWS. The company’s IT team evaluated a range of vendors with cloud-compatible solutions before making the decision.
“Veeam stood out because it offers a user-friendly, simple and flexible way to manage both on-premises and cloud backups from a single point of control,” said Peter Brown. “From the start, the Veeam technical team was very transparent and detailed when answering our questions, which assured us that Veeam would be a reliable, trustworthy partner.”
Britvic now uses Veeam to back up over 150 virtual servers hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud as well as 30 physical servers spread across different manufacturing sites located around the world. Combined, these virtual and physical servers store all of Britvic’s data, including mission-critical systems such as its ERP, data integration pipelines, manufacturing systems, and consumer preference databases.
Moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure has also enabled Britvic to back up many of its key applications to single servers in AWS. As well as reducing Britvic’s IT footprint, this has helped the company to achieve recovery times of less than 8 hours — 66% faster than with its on-premises datacenter.
With Veeam Backup for AWS, Britvic can now automatically schedule backups for its Amazon services and create immutable copies of all AWS data, too. “I can sleep soundly at night thanks to the immutable backup feature in Veeam,” said Peter Brown. “Knowing that we can quickly recover data from any given point in time using Veeam also lifts a weight of my shoulders.”
Impressed with the reliability of the solution, Britvic is currently exploring other Veeam capabilities. Peter Brown said: “Veeam makes my job easier, because I know that we can easily and quickly integrate additional Veeam products and features into our existing environment if we want to in the future. What’s more, Veeam helps us save time and effort by simplifying backup activities, which gives us more time to focus on driving innovation by exploring how we can adopt new technologies to support the business.”
To better manage cyber-security risk, Britvic uses the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework as its guide. Veeam is helping the company implement the framework effectively to strengthen its security posture.
“Learning more about great security features in Veeam such as password loss protection and robust encryption has also prompted us to be even more security focused as an organization,” said Peter Brown. “For instance, we now post regular updates on the Britvic intranet to educate all employees on how to identify and avoid common ransomware traps — boosting awareness and improving our cyber-resiliency.”