To ensure comprehensive backup coverage and fast recovery for its missioncritical healthcare systems, First Hospital of Qinhuangdao selected Veeam Backup & Replication.
“Our selection process narrowed down the possible solutions to two vendors,” says Zhi Mao. “While one of the options had a marginally lower cost, Veeam excelled in all the key criteria that we set out to evaluate. One of the main areas that Veeam stood out was its Continuous Data Protection [CDP] technology. With CDP, we can keep data loss to a minimum in a recovery scenario, because our VM replicas are stored in a ready-to-start state. We also felt that Veeam Backup & Replication outperformed the other vendor’s solution when it came to ease of use, functionality and backup efficiency—so in the end, it was an easy choice.”
Working with Veeam partner Hebei Yuncong Weihe Information Technology Co., Ltd., the organization has deployed a brand-new backup and disaster recovery capability for round-the-clock data protection.
“Veeam is highly compatible with VMware, and it was very straightforward to integrate the new solution into our existing IT environment,” recalls Zhi Mao. “In fact, I believe that Veeam has the best integration with VMware of all the data protection solutions I evaluated. For example, there are many open interfaces between the two ecosystems, and we can even use Veeam to push VMware vSphere Installation Bundles [VIBs] directly to our servers.”
By deploying the Veeam solution, First Hospital of Qinhuangdao has achieved its goal of delivering high levels of protection for its missioncritical healthcare systems. The organization has achieved a recovery point objective (RPO) of as little as 30 seconds, and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of between 5 and 60 minutes for key systems.
“With Veeam, there’s no need for us to shut down a VM if we want to migrate a machine to another host CPU, which is a brilliant advantage when it comes to business continuity,” comments Zhi Mao. “In the past, we would often migrate our VMs at night in an effort to minimize disruption to our clinicians and back-office staff—but the affected systems would still be offline for up to three hours. Today, we can migrate our VMs at any time and with no impact on hospital operations, which is testament to just how well Veeam and VMware are integrated.”
First Hospital of Qinhuangdao has now been using Veeam for over two years, and recently upgraded to latest version of Veeam Backup & Replication— allowing the organization to further enhance its data protection capabilities.
“Since we upgraded the Veeam solution, we’ve been making greater use of CDP technology, which is now even more flexible and user-friendly,” says Zhi Mao. “For example, CDP means that there’s no need for us to take snapshots of multiple systems simultaneously. Because each VM replica is updated in real time, we can reduce the risk of I/O bottlenecks and extend the life of our storage hardware.”
Looking ahead, First Hospital of Qinhuangdao believes it has the optimal data protection coverage for its ever-growing organization.
“When I talk about Veeam with my peers, one thing I consistently praise is the robustness of the solution,” says Zhi Mao. “If Veeam Backup & Replication encounters an issue such as a backup VM switching off or the backup host going offline, we can recover the systems without any human intervention or impact on the hospital.”
Zhi Mao concludes: “When it comes to delivering care, protecting our digital systems against downtime is just as important as protecting our buildings from a fire. It gives me great confidence knowing that we can now recover rapidly with Veeam when we need to.”