To enhance its level of protection, UIA decided to replace its tape-based system with a modern platform based on Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. Delivered by Veeam business partner HyperTEC, the new solution enables the organization to protect its entire IT landscape from end to end while cutting the time required to restore its systems in a disaster scenario.
“Veeam really stood out from the other vendors we considered — they offered us a solution that met all our requirements and more,” said Garnica. “Using Veeam Backup & Replication — part of the Veeam Availability Suite — we can encrypt our backups by default, helping to enhance the security of our data. The solution is also fully hardware agnostic, which offered us the flexibility to select the IT infrastructure that struck the optimal balance of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency.”
By moving to an easy-to-use, per-workload license, UIA can keep its operational costs for data protection lean, even as its data volumes grow. “Our Veeam licenses are portable, which gives us the ability to cover all our current workloads and the freedom to add more in the future,” said Garnica. “We had no hesitation with moving forward with Veeam — and we’ve signed a multi-year contract for data-protection services.”
Working with HyperTEC, UIA deployed and configured a new data protection solution to perform regular backups of its entire data center. This process can now be executed and completed automatically from a single point of control, greatly reducing the IT management time required for data protection activities.
“In the past, we were limited to backing up our mission-critical systems only; even then, we could only spare enough time and resources to complete the process twice a year,” said Garnica. “Since engaging with HyperTEC to deploy Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, we back up all our data — including non-critical systems — multiple times a year. We greatly appreciate the support that HyperTEC provided throughout the process — they played a big role in our success.”
As well as protecting its digital platforms from the threat of data loss, UIA can restore VMs from backups within minutes — something that was impossible with the previous tape-based approach. Looking ahead, the organization plans to further enhance its resilience by enabling immutable backups, which will help minimize the risk of a cyberattack compromising backed-up data.
“We are very excited about the next few months, as we will be working closely with Veeam to enhance our data protection platform — enabling even higher levels of automation, as well as leveraging the latest data-immutability capabilities,” said Garnica. “Thanks to the data protection capabilities we’ve gained from Veeam, we’re in a stronger position than ever to deliver high-quality information services to staff, students and faculty across UIA.”