Nexica clients – including Mango Fashion, Vueling Airlines, Euroleague Basketball and Generalitat de Catalunya – rely on uninterrupted access to applications and data, which are critical assets and essential to achieving business objectives. Therefore, having a solid backup and recovery strategy is fundamental. So when Nexica launched its cloud-based server offering, it included backup and recovery service options.
With extensive experience in VMware vSphere due to its provision of virtualized servers, Nexica deployed its cloud-based offering using VMware vCloud Suite with the idea of allowing clients as much freedom as possible in terms of management. Nexica developed a control panel known as Cloud Manager, from which clients can deploy and view their servers, as well as schedule backups, apply backup policies, monitor backups and even perform restores.
“Historically we worked with another backup solution, but its integration with VMware vCloud Director was not adequate for what we needed,” explains David Suárez, Nexica’s director of Technology and Operations. “We looked on the market and chose Veeam Backup & Replication because it was the most native solution for virtual environments, it’s simple, and it allowed us to integrate with VMware to meet our objectives.”
Scalability ensured with Veeam
Nexica currently manages 20TB of compressed, deduplicated backups and protects approximately 300 virtual machines (VMs) with Veeam, a figure that is expected to rise. One of the company’s concerns was how many machines the Veeam solution would support, and how it could be scaled. “However, we have seen that it is very scalable; we can set up nodes, proxies and additional servers – no problem,” says Mr. Suárez. “It also has a very good deduplication ratio, so it is very efficient in terms of storage use.”
Veeam Backup & Replication makes it possible to apply both standard policies and those that have been personalized to individual clients. And because it is scalable and fully adaptable, Veeam allows a lot of clients to be managed in parallel without any saturation. Daily incremental backups are made of all machines, usually at night. Full backups depend on the policies established for each client.
The success of the deployment of Veeam Backup & Replication is also due to the licensing policy provided by Veeam, which allows resources required after the fact to the regularized. “That gives us a lot of flexibility to incorporate licenses as we grow,” says Mr. Suárez.
The time spent on backup and recovery tasks is another of the advantages of Veeam Backup & Replication. “For example, a full backup of a 50GB machine takes around 15 minutes, depending on datastore latency,” explains Ángel Casanova from Nexica’s Technical Department. “Where we have also found a great improvement is at the level of restoration, thanks to the Instant VM Recovery function. Regardless of the type of VM, in two minutes you can have it published and accessible.”
Mr. Suárez recognizes that “the backup that we can provide with Veeam Backup & Replication is an added value to our cloud services that helps us to generate more business, and we hope to grow further with our new Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) solution, which is made possible by Veeam’s server replication capabilities. It is something that we could do with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), but we prefer to do it with Veeam because of its simplicity. We can integrate it into a policy, activating both the backup and the replication.”
Nexica’s satisfaction with this solution extends to the personalized support received from Veeam. The company also gives a very high rating to the quality of the forums and webinars that focus on Veeam Backup & Replication and serve as useful resources to stay up to date on how the system is evolving.