The Business Challenge
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has one of the most extensive and stringent product testing processes in the memory industry. The company’s research and development (R&D) lab supports this process through its study of memory performance.
The R&D lab also studies product performance for the company’s IT infrastructure. Like many enterprises, Kingston has virtualized most of its applications but was hesitant to virtualize tier 1 applications such as SAP and Microsoft SQL Server.
“We decided to conduct an internal study to understand the risks involved with virtualizing these business-critical, resource-intensive applications,” said Dr. YP Chien, IT Manager at Kingston. “We looked at several comparatives during this project including application performance, hardware usage, storage and full system restore. Protection of tier 1 applications was definitely one of our main concerns. If we were going to virtualize our tier 1 applications on VMware vSphere, we needed a fast, reliable, high-performance backup and recovery solution.”
The Veeam Solution
Chien and his colleague Edward Shen, Systems Engineer for Kingston, found the one data protection solution most capable of backing up and restoring their virtual machines (VMs) running SAP and SQL Server: Veeam® Backup & Replication™.
“When you’re backing up and recovering a tier 1 application, performance is key,” Chien said. “Veeam performs so well that we’ve never had to contact its support team. Veeam is fast, reliable and robust, giving us the confidence to virtualize SAP and SQL Server.”
Chien and Shen tested Veeam in the virtual environment and another backup tool in the physical environment. With Veeam, a full backup of SQL Server (a total of 1.5 terabytes of data across three VMs) took two hours, and an incremental backup took less than one hour. A full backup of SQL Server in the physical environment took 12 hours; an incremental backup took four hours. With Veeam, full recovery of SQL Server took two hours, while full recovery of SQL Server in the physical environment could take 10 hours or more and was a complicated process. Veeam enables Kingston to set new service level agreements (SLAs) through improved recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs).
“Our RTO will be two hours with Veeam, and our RPO could be fewer than eight hours, depending on the frequency of backups,” Shen said. “Backups are much faster with Veeam, so we can back up more frequently if we choose.”
Veeam provides powerful, easy-to-use and affordable recovery of virtualized applications and data for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Built specifically for virtualization, Veeam provides industry-leading features such as Instant VM Recovery and U- AIR® (Universal Application-Item Recovery).
Instant VM Recovery lets companies restart a VM in minutes from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. U-AIR lets them recover individual objects from any virtualized application without application-specific agents or special backups. U-AIR will be helpful when Kingston wants to restore specific SQL Server database tables and records.
Powerful, easy-to-use VM protection
When Kingston’s R&D lab conducted a P2V study for two of its tier 1 applications, SAP and SQL Server, Chien and Shen found only one solution that gave them the confidence to backup and restore their VMs: Veeam Backup & Replication.
Fast backup and recovery of tier 1 applications
With Veeam, a full backup of SQL Server in the virtual environment was 83% faster than a different tool backing up SQL Server on physical machines (two hours with Veeam compared to 12 hours with the other tool). Veeam was multiple times faster in recovering SQL Server compared to the tool used in the physical environment (two hours with Veeam compared to 10 hours or more with the other tool).
Improved RPOs and RTOs
With fast and more frequent VM backup and recovery, Veeam helps IT professionals set new SLAs based on improved RPOs and RTOs in their virtual environments. Veeam helps keep their critical virtualized applications available and protected.