Carrefour Argentina chose Veeam to enable data availability for its stores and distribution centers, helping the retailer continue to provide superb customer experiences.
“The first thing that attracted us to Veeam was the many positive references,” said Carlos Díaz, Administrator, Platform Infrastructure at Carrefour Argentina. “In addition, Veeam integrates seamlessly with many other technologies, which is ideal since our environment spans IBM AIX, Windows, Linux and VMware, hosted on-premises and in the Google Cloud. Veeam compares favorably with IBM Spectrum because of the agentless backup feature, making it perfect for virtualized environments like ours with many VMs. Finally, the ease of restoring data with Veeam was a huge selling point.”
As part of the selection process, Carrefour Argentina opted to conduct a proof-of-concept (PoC) exercise to test out the Veeam capabilities. These capabilities were put to the test when the company lost a mission-critical server during the PoC
“Coincidentally, one of our most essential Active Directory servers failed while we were running the Veeam PoC,” said Gabriel Dettano, Platform Infrastructure Manager at Carrefour Argentina. “We made the decision to restore the server with the test backup system, which together with the snapshots we’d taken using Veeam brought the server back online in less than an hour. It’s no exaggeration to say that Veeam saved the day and demonstrated just how valuable Veeam would be to our business.”
Carrefour Argentina now backs up 100% of the data for its virtualized systems using Veeam. The company performs incremental backups every day, a full backup weekly and at weekends, plus a few additional backups of specific workloads every six months. Through Veeam, Carrefour Argentina has a central point of control and visibility of all its backup policies and how they are being applied.
“Even though we’re backing up more data with Veeam, we’ve cut our backup windows from hours to just minutes in many cases,” said Actis. “In addition, with IT Monitoring and Analytics by Veeam we have now got unprecedented insight into our infrastructure. It helps us spot opportunities to improve our infrastructure planning. We can also take more risks with development, since we’re confident we can always roll back our environment using Veeam snapshots.”
Veeam is adding another layer of protection to Carrefour Argentina’s cyber resilience strategy, helping the company to ensure it can recover quickly from an attack.