To ensure 24/7 reliable access to data for students, researchers and faculty, FHNW chose Veeam. The university engaged long-time partner LAKE Solutions AG to provide the Veeam licenses and help with the implementation.
“Veeam was light years ahead of the competition in terms of functionality and manageability,” said Gebhard. “By engaging our trusted partner LAKE Solutions, we were able to take advantage of their deep knowledge of our IT environment to cut time-to-value for the project.”
FHNW uses Veeam to protect 1,300 virtual machines hosted on 45 physical servers, with 350TB of data. The university’s key applications include Microsoft SQL Server database clusters, the Moodle learning platform and EVENTO school management software.
“Veeam integrates seamlessly with our VMware virtualization software and HPE storage,” said Gebhard. “It offers a scalable, simple and agent-less approach to backups across our end-to-end IT environment. We now have the flexibility to restore data from bare metal machines into a virtualized environment and vice versa, which helps us respond quickly in the event of a hardware failure.”
To protect its most valuable collaboration toolset, FHNW also deployed Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. The university selected Veeam over competing options including NetApp and Commvault.
“Microsoft 365 is such an important solution for our users that our choice of backup tool was critical,” said Gebhard. “We decided to store our backup locally, which eliminated the NetApp SaaS Backup option. And when we compared Veeam and Commvault, we found that Veeam was much simpler to set up and manage. The Veeam user interface is intuitive and provides easy access to features we’ve come to depend on — such as single file recovery.”
Today, FHNW has a sophisticated data protection policy in place that combines incremental backups on disk, plus oftine copies on tape, all powered by Veeam. The university’s IT team can adjust the policy dynamically to accommodate new demands from users.
“Thanks to Veeam, I have peace of mind that our data is fully protected, which means I can sleep well!” said Gebhard. “The local Veeam team is only a phone call away if we have any questions, and alongside LAKE Solutions AG, they often suggest opportunities for optimization to us. At FHNW, we’re always improving, learning new things and finding different ways to accomplish our goals, and Veeam aligns perfectly with that approach.”