Veeam meets the city’s requirements for secure, flexible data protection and reduces recovery time by up to 95%. Veeam also standardizes, modernizes and centralizes DR and BC, and it supports the city’s cybersecurity insurance requirements via data encryption and backup immutability.
“If only we had deployed Veeam citywide before the historic flash flood in 2023,” McKay said. “More than 25 inches of rain fell within five hours, so we lost power in one of the data centers. Power wasn’t expected to resume for two days, so we spent hours rerouting network connectivity to bring up systems supporting city services. Veeam would have restored our backups from Azure Blob in minutes, and many city services would have been restored in a shorter time frame.”
Cliff Albury, Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale, said being able to restore any backup anywhere is a big win. “I built an incident response plan based on that capability. We can quickly resume many city services with Veeam.”
Veeam backs up approximately 500TB of on-prem data to ExaGrid appliances and makes backup copies immutable in Azure Blob. Veeam also backs up data in Microsoft 365 to Azure Blob because reliable restore is critical for the city. For example, granular recovery of historical emails ensures the city maintains legal compliance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. Recovering SharePoint ensures the city’s intranet is always available.
“Veeam is modern, easy to use and incredibly reliable,” said Derek Richardson, Business Technical Manager for the city. “Before I began working for the city I used Veeam for 10 years, and there wasn’t a single time that backup or recovery failed. Veeam is that good.”