The Business Challenge
As a public research, development and innovation organization,
Spain’s National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) aims to advance
knowledge in aerospace, aeronautics, hydrodynamics, security and defense
technologies. INTA also provides technological services to companies
in industry as well as to companies in higher education and research
To help users develop the technology of tomorrow, INTA’s IT team seeks
to support them with the very best technological solutions available today.
Jesús Garrido Antonio, CIO at INTA, said: “Our goal is to continually evolve our
IT infrastructure, so that it empowers our end users to do their best work.”
In pursuit of scientific discoveries, INTA’s research teams spend their time
collaborating using the organization’s digital services. If users cannot access
data reliably, it can slow down progress. INTA recognized that its existing data
protection technology was failing to keep up with changing requirements.
“If a user accidentally deletes an important email, we need to be able
to restore that to them quickly,” said Garrido. “Equally, if a system fails,
then we aim to recover data and restart operations as soon as possible.
Our previous backup solution was not capable of delivering results quickly
INTA began looking for an alternative data protection solution that could
provide more granular control over backups. With an eye on the future,
the organization’s IT team wanted technology that could integrate with
multiple types of hardware, support its path to cloud and optimize resource
“To recover a single email, a backup administrator had to restore
a user’s entire mailbox and look for the right entry manually,” said Garrido.
“We wanted to streamline workflows without getting locked into our
current set of technology vendors and allowing us to connect to the
cloud. As a public organization, we’re always looking to do more with less.
We suspected there was a more efficient approach to backups out there
if we could find it.”
The Veeam solution
Working closely with Syvalue, INTA deployed Veeam Availability Suite
to protect data across its IT environment, which includes 80 TB of project
data, 300 Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs), 2,000 Microsoft
Exchange mailboxes, Microsoft Active Directory and one SAP HANA server.
“We narrowed our choices down to Veeam or Rubrik, and selected Veeam
because that freed us from purchasing specific backup hardware,” Garrido
said. “Veeam is winning market share as more organizations, including us,
discover the compelling functionality its solutions offer. Syvalue has been
a partner of ours for a long time, and this is another of the many successful
projects we’ve worked on together — we make a great team.”
Supported by Veeam technology, INTA runs daily incremental and full
weekend backups for all systems except for its file servers, which are backed
up incrementally each day, on top of a monthly full backup.
“Backup jobs now complete faster than before, and use fewer resources,”
said Garrido. “We’re confident that the Veeam solution works better with
virtualized environments than anyone else in the marketplace. It analyzes
VMs to make incremental changes to backups and save storage space – our
backup administrators were amazed the first time it ran. The deduplication
features also contribute to greater efficiency.”
INTA is taking advantage of role delegation to empower members of the
IT team to recover data with pinpoint control. As a result, the team can now
respond faster to data retrieval requests from users.
“Using Veeam Availability Suite, it is no longer just backup administrators
who can restore systems,” said Garrido. “We can also recover with much
greater granularity. For example, we can pull up a single email using the
built-in search function, rather than restoring an entire system and looking
through it manually. With Veeam, scientists and engineers get their hands
on the data they need sooner, so they can get back to focusing on their
Today, INTA retains two backups at its data center. In future, the
organization plans to save a third backup in the cloud and will use Veeam
Backup & Replication to facilitate this move. INTA is also exploring the use
of complementary Veeam solutions.
“Veeam Availability Suite will help us increase our resilience even
further with a third backup in the cloud,” said Garrido. “So far, it’s been
straightforward to use Veeam technology, so we’re sure it will be the same
for cloud integration. Next, we’re investigating how Veeam Availability
Orchestrator and Veeam ONE™ could augment our capabilities. One
thing is for sure: Veeam technology will meet our backup needs for years
- Accelerates innovation through data restore in minutes rather than
Enables INTA’s scientists and engineers to get their hands on the data
they need faster, avoiding interruptions to research, development and
- Promotes business agility, avoiding vendor lock-in so INTA can make
optimal technology decisions:
With a backup solution that supports hardware from almost any storage
provider, INTA can choose the systems that best support their users.
- Improves efficiency by saving on storage space and backup management:
Veeam technology streamlines workflows and optimizes resource