The Business Challenge
Today the IT environment at Boulevard Brewing Company is almost completely virtualized. That wasn’t the case in 2002, however, when the operation ran on one physical server and 25 workstations. Eventually the single physical server grew to 15 servers, but those were consolidated onto three Dell PowerEdge R710s, which now host 45 virtual servers.
With virtualization came the need for an appropriate solution to back up and recover the new infrastructure. Tony Lux, Purveyor of Technology for , began looking for a backup solution for the VMware environment that was easy to use and had an intuitive interface. He already used a legacy backup solution for the few remaining physical servers in the data center but felt that product didn’t truly “understand” VMware.
The Veeam Solution
Tony chose Veeam Backup & Replication because it was designed from the ground up for VMware environments. As a premier-level VMware Technology Alliance Partner, Veeam Software built the product specifically to work with and leverage multiple features of the VI3 and VMware vSphere environments, including VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) and capabilities available through the VMware native application programming interfaces (APIs).
Veeam Backup & Replication also met Tony’s other criteria: it’s easy to use and includes an intuitive interface, which he said is especially helpful during file-level restore. “Not only is Veeam’s file-level restore process easy, but it’s quick too,” he said. “What used to take up to 30 minutes with the physical restore process now takes about a minute with Veeam.”
Performing a full virtual machine restore is quicker with Veeam too. “Since the physical restore process involves tape, a full restore can take all day,” Tony explained. “I haven’t had to do a full restore yet with Veeam, but it should take less than 30 minutes,” he added.
Given that tape doesn’t offer data de-duplication, the company’s legacy backup solution required much more storage space than Veeam Backup & Replication. When Veeam performs backups of multiple virtual machines, it removes blank space and de-duplicates similar blocks inside the backup file. Data de-duplication reduces disk space requirements for backups, resulting in significant cost savings.
Increases file-level restore speed by 97 percent
Boulevard Brewing Company’s legacy backup system involved a physical file-level restore process that took up to 30 minutes to complete. With Veeam Backup & Replication, the file-level restore process takes about one minute. Tony said Veeam’s intuitive interface ensures the process is easy to execute too.
Reduces full virtual machine restore time by 96 percent
Performing a full restore with Veeam Backup & Replication is quicker as well. The physical restore process involves tape, so a full restore can take up to eight hours. While Tony hasn’t had to perform a full restore yet with Veeam, he’s confident it will take less than 30 minutes.
Decreases space needed for backup storage, thus reducing storage costs
The legacy backup solution required a great deal of space for tape storage, which also led to excessive storage costs. That’s because tape doesn’t offer data deduplication, but Veeam Backup & Replication does. When Veeam performs backups of multiple virtual machines, it de-duplicates similar blocks inside the backup file, which reduces disk space requirements and storage costs.