DUC is active in every province and territory, working locally to conserve, restore and manage valuable and vulnerable natural habitats. DUC’s work leads to large, landscape-level impact that supports wildlife, advances sustainability and contributes to climate resiliency. Veeam protects the data that underpins all of DUC’s work.
“So much of our work depends on fundraising, so not only does Veeam Backup for Salesforce protect the data that raises money, our suite of Veeam solutions saves money — $1 million over six years,” Pratt said. “They provide simple, reliable and trusted data protection, so we didn’t have to hire a full-time person to manage backup. We also eliminated third-party consultancy services because Veeam requires no care or feeding. We’ve converted the IT Department from a cost center to a savings center.”
Veeam Backup for Salesforce is DUC’s newest solution. By securely backing up fundraising data and metadata, Veeam eliminates the risk of losing access and control of data due to human error and integration issues. Data control is crucial, so DUC controls where Veeam Backup for Salesforce is deployed (on premises or in the cloud), how often backups are made, where they are stored (Veeam is storage-agnostic) and what is recovered (records, hierarchies, fields, files and metadata).
“Our Salesforce data is indispensable, so Veeam’s fast, flexible recovery is critical,” Pratt said. “Rebuilding data and metadata would be challenging and time-consuming — and it could hurt fundraising. Veeam Backup for Salesforce actually helps fundraising because our fundraising partners know and trust the Veeam brand, so they’re confident their data is protected, safe and secure with us.”
Veeam Backup for Salesforce also supports DUC’s compliance with Canada’s Official Languages Act, which requires websites to offer bilingual content and services. DUC uses sandboxes to test plug-ins for Salesforce so bilingual speakers can make donations in French and English. Veeam protects sandboxes by letting DUC restore data from production or from another sandbox.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 and Veeam Data Platform protect and restore critical data too, including collaborative emails and habitat data in DUC’s geographic information system (GIS).
“Habitation projects are defined by spatial context, so all habitats are mapped by GIS,” Pratt said. “I’ve been a GIS nerd for a long time even though I began my career as a biologist. I spent 15 years building our GIS system, so I understand the significance of GIS data — it touches every aspect of our organization, just like fundraising data. I also understand the significance of protecting GIS data, so I’ve been part of the Veeam journey from the start. It’s a trusted brand with a proven history. The only thing that changes is functionality. Veeam Recovery Orchestrator is a good example.”
Veeam Recovery Orchestrator increases DUC’s business resilience by automating recovery processes. It provides DR documentation to support DUC’s compliance with cyber insurance requirements and serves as a safety net during data center renovations.
“While we haven’t had to use Veeam Recovery Orchestrator in a disaster situation, it’s a great feeling knowing we’re minutes away from fast, easy, proven and secure recovery. Like I said, Veeam is our easy button.”