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Car Parts Company Puts Pedal to the Metal with VM Replication from Veeam


Founded in 1992, Elit operates a distribution network of 33 locations in the Czech Republic that offer quality parts and diagnostic equipment for the automotive industry.


  • RPO and RTO must be tens of minutes
  • Must support a multi-hypervisor environment.


  • IT team drives down RPO and RTO to five minutes each
  • Multi-hypervisor support makes administration easy
  • VM replication is cost-effective

About Kancelářské:

Kancelářské stroje s.r.o. provides comprehensive IT support and outsourcing services. The company also implements high-availability IT systems and disaster recovery solutions and offers consulting services and infrastructure security audits. For more information, visit

The Business Challenge

IT is the backbone of Elit’s supply chain, and the supply chain is the backbone of Elit’s business. To meet the requirements of its disaster recovery (DR) plan, which includes aggressive recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO and RTO), Elit’s IT team had to find a reliable replication strategy for its virtual machines (VMs).

“Our recovery objectives are each tens of minutes, so we had to find a VM replication solution that would support these requirements,” said Jan Svoboda, RHIAG Group IT Leader for Elit. “And since we use VMware and Hyper-V in our data center, we needed a solution that would support both platforms.”

The Veeam Solution

The IT team contacted Kancelárské stroje s.r.o., an IT consulting and cloud services provider that supports the computing needs of enterprises throughout the Czech Republic.

“We recommended that Elit use Veeam to replicate its VMs to our cloud infrastructure,” said Roman Dušek, Head of Technical Department. “We knew from working with our clients that Veeam would help Elit meet its RPO and RTO. And Veeam supports both virtualization platforms, making administration easy and efficient.”

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ is built specifically for virtual environments to provide fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Veeam gives organizations such as Elit the ability to meet recovery objectives for VMs.

Veeam uses changed block tracking to capture changes and update VM images as often as every few minutes, giving Elit near-continuous data protection (near-CDP). “Elit gets a tens of minutes RPO with Veeam,” Dušek said. “We test our clients’ DR solutions often, and Veeam-assisted failover lets Elit resume processing on a replica quickly if a VM goes down.”

Meeting the requirements of the company’s DR plan is a top priority for Svoboda and his colleagues, as is operating the company’s IT infrastructure cost-effectively. “When we compared Veeam to other VM replication solutions, we found it provides broad VM protection, yet it is less expensive,” he said.

Veeam is licensed by CPU socket. There are no per-application, per-VM or per-host fees.”

The Results

IT team drives down RPO and RTO to five minutes each
Veeam Backup & Replication helped Elit’s IT team meet and exceed the company’s DR objectives through fast incremental VM replication. With Veeam, the RPO and RTO are each five minutes.

Multi-hypervisor support makes administration easy
Veeam provides Elit with VM replication for VMware and Hyper-V in a single product, from a single console, which minimizes complexity and maximizes efficiency.

VM replication is cost-effective
With Veeam Backup & Replication, there are no agents or additional software to purchase and maintain on hosts and VMs. More than 40,000 customers around the world have chosen Veeam to enhance their data protection and DR. Veeam protects more than five million VMs.

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