The Business Challenge
Sainte-Marie’s IT infrastructure supports all city business and hundreds of users. The IT infrastructure includes two physical servers, two (soon to be three) VMware hosts and nine virtual machines (VMs). The city has virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database.
Paul Morin, IT Manager for the city, oversees the majority of IT operations on his own; therefore, he implements solutions and processes that are extremely efficient and trouble-free to manage. Unfortunately, the backup tool he previously used for the VMs didn’t have these attributes.
“I tried to back up the VMs with the same tool I use to back up the physical servers, but I ran into several problems,” he said. “For example, I wasn’t able to back up complete VMs because this tool didn’t have good deduplication capabilities. That meant I could only back up data files because there wasn’t enough space on the tape drive. I couldn’t use NAS storage either because this backup tool didn’t support it.”
When the city’s Microsoft Exchange Server crashed, Paul spent two and half days rebuilding the VM and restoring Exchange data. “That’s when I began looking for a backup solution that was designed for virtualized environments,” he explained. “Our requirements were basic but very important: The city needed a cost-effective VMware backup solution that would enable fast and easy VM restore.”
The Veeam Solution
A few weeks after Paul deployed Veeam Backup & Replication™ in Saint-Marie’s virtualized environment, the Microsoft SQL Server crashed. “Restoring the VM was a completely different experience this time,” Paul said. “It was very fast and very easy.”
That’s because Veeam Backup & Replication lets Paul recover an entire VM or an individual object from any application or file system—all from the same imagelevel backup. Veeam Backup & Replication even enables Instant VM Recovery with the ability to run a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage, eliminating the need to extract the backup and copy it to production storage. An IT administrator simply starts the VM from the backup on any host in a matter of minutes. It’s like having a “temporary spare” for VMs.
Veeam Backup & Replication also requires less backup storage space than Paul’s previous solution. “Now I can back up everything everyday because Veeam has deduplication capabilities that the other product didn’t have. Veeam also supports many storage devices, unlike the previous product, so I can back up to NAS storage, which saves time when I need to restore a VM.”
Veeam Backup & Replication is more cost-effective than the previous product too. “Veeam Backup is one-fifth the cost,” Paul added.
Veeam Backup & Replication provides exceptional value. It’s licensed per CPU socket on ESX(i) hosts and includes backup, replication, deduplication and centralized management. Unlike other backup tools, there are no per-agent, per- VM or per-application license fees.
Image-based backup provides fast restore for virtual machines
Built specifically for virtualized environments, Veeam Backup & Replication lets the city of Sainte-Marie restore an entire VM, an individual guest or VM file or specific application or user data in a matter of minutes—all from the same image-level backup. Before the city’s IT team implemented Veeam Backup, restoring a VM took days. With Veeam, it is quick and easy.
Built-in deduplication reduces backup storage requirements
Veeam Backup & Replication deduplicates identical blocks in the backup file. Data deduplication reduces disk space requirements for backups, resulting in significant cost savings. In addition, Veeam Backup & Replication supports a variety of disk storage devices, so the city can back up to NAS storage, which is more efficient than tape during VM recovery.
Cost-effective backup solution saves taxpayers money
Veeam Backup & Replication is affordably licensed per CPU socket, which saves Sainte-Marie thousands of dollars each year.