The Business Challenges
Brunel’s business objective is to provide clients with excellent
service ranging from resource planning through deployment. The
company’s recruitment and operations staff are experts in their fields.
Their extensive knowledge of international logistics and local laws and
regulations enable Brunel to provide efficient, cost-effective and fully
compliant workplace solutions.
Brunel’s operational excellence is the result of more than 45 years
of successful business conducted globally. The company’s wealth
of experience gives clients confidence their resourcing and employment
requirements will be managed with the highest level of professionalism.
Critical IT systems support client account management and recruitment,
including Microsoft Dynamics for client relationships and Microsoft
Office 365 for employee collaboration. Both systems help Brunel map
out requirements for each client and create solutions to meet those
“Protecting the data in these systems is critical to meeting clients’
needs, so we faced a challenge when our legacy backup solution
was no longer reliable,” said Marc Nonnekes, Manager Infra Systems
at Brunel International N.V. “It was difficult to use and caused one
headache after another.”
Brunel replaced the legacy solution with Veeam® Availability Suite™.
Nonnekes said the difference between the two solutions was significant.
“Backups are reliable with Veeam, recovery takes minutes and it’s easy
to use, which saves 10 to 15 hours each week in backup management
time,” he explained. “We trust Veeam, so before we transitioned
to Microsoft Office 365, we asked Insight Enterprises, one of our strategic
partners, what they thought of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.
They agreed Veeam was the best choice for us.”
The Veeam Solution
Veeam helps Brunel protect critical data supporting recruitment services
and workforce solutions. Veeam provides complete control and protection
of Office 365 data, and it facilitates compliance with the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) and local data retention laws.
“Brunel serves the world market for professional staffing and recruitment
services, and Veeam helps us protect the data that is essential to meeting
clients’ needs,” Nonnekes said.
Veeam backs up 4.5 TB of data (including 1,500 Office 365 mailboxes)
on-premises and transfers backup copies to Azure for disaster recovery.
If Brunel experiences a disaster situation, Veeam offers several high-speed
recovery features. Instant VM Recovery® restores a whole VM in minutes
and Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange and
SharePoint restore individual items in Microsoft Dynamics and Office 365.
“Our biggest concern about moving to Office 365 was losing historical
data,” Nonnekes said. “We have to be able to restore data from seven
to 10 years in the past to remain compliant with GDPR and local data
retention laws. Brunel operates in 40 countries, and data retention laws
are wide ranging.”
In addition to helping Brunel quickly restore data within specific
retention periods, Veeam protects against accidental deletion and
security threats. With a few simple clicks, the IT team can restore
Exchange items, SharePoint sites, OneDrive for Business accounts and
Microsoft Teams data.
“We had grown familiar with the recovery features in Veeam Availability
Suite, including single-item recovery, which wasn’t possible with legacy
backup, so we are happy to use these features again in Veeam Backup for
Microsoft Office 365,” Nonnekes said. “Recovering anything with Veeam
is fast and easy.”
- Protects data supporting recruitment and workforce solutions
Brunel is an international company with a strong global brand. Veeam
helps Brunel protect data that supports professional staffing.
- Provides complete control and protection of data in Office 365
“Many companies assume Office 365 is already protected in the cloud,
so there’s no need to have a copy of the data,” Nonnekes said. “That’s not
true because accidental deletion, user error, security threats and retention
policy gaps are common in most companies.”
- Facilitates compliance with GDPR and local data retention laws
“Compliance is straightforward with Veeam because our data is always
protected and accessible,” Nonnekes said.