The Business Challenge
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is an academic powerhouse.
It transcends traditional boundaries of business education and research to
transform critical thinking into practical solutions.
“Our job is to maintain the highest level of data availability,” said Chris
Garlington, system administrator in the SC Johnson College of Business.
“In addition to traditional data required by faculty, staff and students for
teaching and learning, we have a tremendous amount of data based on
decades of research, as well as data that helps run our hotel.”
The Statler Hotel is a living laboratory on Cornell’s campus that educates the
world’s emerging hospitality leaders. Hundreds of students work alongside
seasoned professionals to hone their skills across all hotel and restaurant
operations. If data isn’t available, the hotel may not live up to its reputation
as an award-winning, full-service luxury establishment.
Garlington said unreliable backup and recovery threatened data availability.
“We were using a combination of solutions to back up different IT
systems, hypervisors, and servers. They were complicated and unreliable,
so we had very high failure rates. We spent 20 hours each week trying to
keep backups running successfully, but even if they did run successfully,
we weren’t confident we could restore quickly. Business continuity
became a big concern.”
The Veeam Solution
The IT team replaced four backup solutions with one: Veeam Backup &
“Being able to back up our entire IT infrastructure under a single pane of
glass is huge,” Garlington said. “But being able to tell leaders in the business
college that we can recover their data almost instantly and maintain
business continuity is even better.”
Garlington said the IT team chose Veeam because it can back up anything,
beginning with different hypervisors (VMware vSphere and Microsoft
Hyper-V) and continuing with clusters of SQL and file servers. Veeam Agents
back up the clusters, along with physical servers hosting domain controllers.
Veeam backs up a total of 120 virtual servers (60 TBs) to Dell EMC Unity
so quickly and reliably that the IT team saves 20 hours in troubleshooting
time each week. Team members use this ‘extra’ time to work on a new
business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) strategy based on cloud
integration. Veeam will back up critical data to Wasabi hot cloud storage ’s
object storage, which is certified S3 compatible.
Cornell’s BC and DR strategy takes advantage of a feature called Veeam
Cloud Tier. It enables considerable cost savings on long-term retention
because data is offloaded as blocks to object storage, leaving just the
metadata in the main repository. The result is a space-saving, smaller
footprint on Wasabi. Veeam offers Cloud Data Management™ to all
organizations incorporating the cloud into their IT infrastructure.
“It’s obvious Veeam Software is passionate about availability because their
solution will back up to anything,” Garlington said. “Veeam’s affordability is
impressive too. When you combine our cost savings leveraging cloud storage
with our time savings of 20 hours per week, the total is $50,000 each year.”
Garlington said the IT team will use the savings to fund additional
technology that supports the SC Johnson College of Business, and it will be
backed up by Veeam.
“Veeam affords us a wider scope of consideration when we look at new
technology because it can back up everything,” he said. It’s very satisfying to
focus on the future rather than fight fires like we did with legacy backup.”
- Reliable backup and recovery ensure data availability
“We pride ourselves on achieving the highest levels of availability, and
that’s why we use Veeam,” Garlington said. “It’s simple, flexible and
reliable, and great for business continuity.”
- Business continuity becomes the norm, not the exception
“Veeam delivers on its promise of reliable backup and recovery, which
helps us deliver on our promise of business continuity,” Garlington said.
“Veeam is the most reliable software I’ve used. I wish every company
developed their products like Veeam does.”
- Annual savings of $50,000 lets the IT team focus on the future
“The cost savings with Veeam is so substantial that we can fund additional
technology to move the Johnson College forward,” Garlington said.