The Business Challenge
Americans are serious about snacks.
How serious? Seventeen percent would shave their heads for a lifetime supply
of snacks, while 18% would forgo all of their electronic devices for one month.
Snacking is so prevalent that the average American spends nearly $30,000
on snacks in a lifetime.
Horizon Food Group helps satisfy the nation’s craving by manufacturing more
than 130 million snacks annually. To keep up with demand in all 50 states, two
manufacturing plants operate 24 hours each day and six days each week.
Several IT systems support manufacturing. Microsoft Business Central (NAV)
is an on-premises enterprise resourcing planning powerhouse that integrates
warehouse management, purchasing, operations, sales, marketing, electronic data
interchange and financial management. Microsoft SharePoint, which is also on-premises,
collects quality and assurance data for manufacturing and distribution analysis.
“If our critical systems aren’t backed up successfully and can’t be recovered, we could
be one of the unfortunate companies that loses data and goes out of business,”
said Roger Beard, Director of Information Systems at Horizon Food Group.
“That is not an option, so we replaced our backup solution and storage appliance
when they no longer performed as promised.”
Horizon Food Group was using Veritas Backup Exec and PHD Virtual Backup
Appliance to back up to external hard drives, which were swapped out manually
every day to ensure backup copies were in sync. Beard said backup was slow,
taking at least 20 hours each day, and recovery was slow too, taking at last one
hour. Storage capacity was inadequate too.
“We couldn’t predict when backups would finish or how long recovery would take,
and our backup retention was only 10 days because neither solution offered
deduplication and only one offered compression,” Beard explained. “Data protection
was becoming a crapshoot, but more important, the two solutions weren’t
supporting our business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy effectively.
We wanted stronger solutions that aligned and integrated with each other,
so we chose Veeam® Backup & Replication™ and ExaGrid.”
The Veeam Solution
Veeam and ExaGrid strengthen Horizon Food Group’s BCDR strategy
by protecting the IT systems supporting snack manufacturing and boosting
defense against ransomware attacks. Veeam and ExaGrid increase backup speed
by 85%, recovery speed by 92% and data retention from 10 days to 30 days.
They also support the 3-2-1-1-0 rule for best data protection practices.
“We went from a shoestring solution for data protection to an enterprise solution,”
Beard said. The peace of mind Veeam and ExaGrid provide is indescribable.”
Veeam backs up and replicates to ExaGrid on-premises and off-premises. Backup
and recovery are lightning fast because they take place on ExaGrid’s disk-cache
Landing Zone, which avoids inline processing and rehydration. Horizon Food
Group extended data retention from 10 days to 30 because Veeam and ExaGrid
both offer built-in deduplication and Veeam also offers built-in compression.
Veeam and ExaGrid boost ransomware protection too. Veeam SureBackup® scans
backups for malware and verifies their recoverability, while ExaGrid’s Retention
Time-Lock prevents restore points from deletion.
“One thing I really love is that Veeam and ExaGrid are never static,” Beard said.
Both companies are forward-thinking and progressive, so their integration
delivers the best data protection possible.”
Beard said Veeam and ExaGrid help Horizon Food Group follow the 3-2-1-1-0 rule
too (3 different backup copies on 2 different media with 1 copy offsite, 1 copy
air-gapped, immutable or offline and 0 backup recovery errors).
“We are super confident in our BCDR strategy because we regularly test our
ability to restore the IT systems supporting manufacturing, and they work
flawlessly every time. The Veeam and ExaGrid alliance is second to none.”
- Protects every IT system that supports snack manufacturing nationwide
“Our systems and data are priceless, so Veeam and ExaGrid help us protect
them,” Beard said. “They work together like a well-oiled machine, and we appreciate
their value every day.”
- Helps Horizon Food Group defend against disaster and ransomware attacks
“Backups and replicas are super critical — you hope you don’t need them,
but when you do need them, you are so grateful you have them,” Beard said.
“I can breathe easy knowing Veeam and ExaGrid support our BCDR strategy.”
- Increases backup speed by 85%, recovery by 92% and follows the 3-2-1-1-0 rule
Veeam and ExaGrid deliver high-speed backup and recovery, cost-efficient
long-term data storage, as well as replication to an offsite location for disaster
recovery that meets the needs of any enterprise.