Energy plays an essential role in society and the economy. Over time, energy developments have improved the way we live and the way we do business. Those developments have also fueled a climate crisis. According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global emissions must fall to zero by 2050 if the world has any hope of keeping climate change within safe boundaries.
Is a zero-carbon world possible within the next three decades? The World Economic Forum, a not-for-profit foundation committed to entrepreneurship in the global public interest, says the answer is yes. ENGIE agrees, putting the zero-carbon transition and the fight against climate change at the center of its strategic focus. One way ENGIE helps customers reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions is by creating innovative, tailor-made Software as a Service solutions.
“We build sustainable solutions that neutralize carbon footprints while optimizing manufacturing processes,” said Eric Roos, lead application engineer in industrial automation services at ENGIE. “Most of our customers operate 24 hours a day, so their solutions must be available 24 hours a day.”
ENGIE’s challenge was ensuring customers’ solutions are always available. Backup wasn’t 100% reliable, so Roos and his colleagues searched for an alternative. One of their key requirements was fast, reliable backup on premises or off premises to ENGIE’s own data centers or private clouds. Another key requirement was Cloud Data Management™.
“Our customers use clouds for data optimization and predictive analysis, such as AI and ML,” Roos said. “Ensuring cloud data is available helps them improve efficiency and productivity.”
Roos said ENGIE considered three backup solutions — Cohesity, Zerto and Veeam®.
“Following proof-of-concept demonstrations of all three solutions, we were convinced that only one was capable of meeting each of our needs and our customers’ needs.”
ENGIE chose Veeam Backup & Replication™ to protect customers’ solutions. Veeam Cloud Data Management, a key feature of Veeam, helps ENGIE deliver unparalleled data availability, visibility and automation.
Veeam backs up 400 TB across 530 virtual machines on premises at ENGIE and off premises to private clouds, enabling the 3-2-1 Rule (three backups on two different media with one backup being off premises) for business continuity.
“Veeam supports our goal to fight climate change and accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by ensuring our customers have continuous access to the tailor-made, sustainable solutions that operate their facilities,” Roos said.
ENGIE’s solutions are diverse and far-reaching. The Maxima Centrale Power Plant in the Netherlands uses intelligent IT systems and software optimized by ENGIE to generate electricity from natural gas for 1.6 million households. Veeam helps ENGIE make sure the systems and software are backed up and available around the clock, so businesses and households have uninterrupted electricity.
Animal feed mills across the globe use ENGIE’s customized software platforms to automate production of feed and eliminate crosscontamination. Feed for cows, chickens and pigs can’t be mixed because their diet requirements are very different. ENGIE’s solutions not only help avoid cross-contamination, they also support energy efficiency and sanitation efforts to avoid salmonella.
Veeam also helps ENGIE support customers using AI and ML. Veeam Cloud Data Management evolves the way their data is managed, making it smarter and more self-governing while ensuring availability across any infrastructure.
“Multi-cloud solutions are becoming more important to our customers,” Roos said. “For many of them, the future may include cloud modules we develop that provide live reports on weather, traffic and other information critical to their success. We’re ready for the future, and Veeam will help us achieve our goals.”
The ENGIE Group is a global energy and services conglomerate that has been part of the Fortune Global 500 for more than 21 years. As a leader in the zero-carbon transition, ENGIE provides people, places and businesses with innovative solutions that reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. Based in France, ENGIE operates in 70 countries on five continents and employs more than 160,000 people.
The energy industry is undergoing major changes generated by the zero-carbon transition and Digital Transformation. ENGIE’s response to these changes is to become the world leader in the transition by providing customers with customized, energy-efficient solutions based on the Software as a Service model. ENGIE’s challenge was ensuring solutions are backed up and available continuously so customers can maintain business continuity.