The Business Challenge
GLS Poland is one of the largest companies in the country to provide parcel delivery services. This involves thousands of packages each day, resulting in vast amounts of data. The quality of GLS services depends upon how quickly and securely this data is distributed throughout the IT infrastructure.
GLS Poland has 29 locations nationwide, and the company’s IT team serves 400 internal users and 5,000 Internet customers. Nearly half of the system is virtualized on VMware vSphere 4.
Lukasz Komorowski, System Administrator at GLS, was responsible for finding a reliable and robust VMware backup solution. “Our goal was to find a product that offered proven stability and great functionality,” he explained. “What I didn’t realize was that I would find a product that also provided incredible backup and file-level recovery speed, resulting in improved data security and usability.”
The Veeam Solution
The IT team at GLS Poland implemented Veeam Backup & Replication and experienced instant success.
“Our previous backup process included tape archive commands and an NFS share because most of our servers are Linux boxes,” Lukasz explained. “This backup process took six hours, plus another two hours to copy all the tape archive files to tape. With these time constraints, we were only able to copy the most important files from servers.”
Veeam Backup & Replication reduced that eight-hour process to two hours and 30 minutes. “This difference in speed is very important to us, but there is something much more important—Veeam gives us full confidence in matters of data security and usability.”
File-level recovery speed has improved with Veeam Backup & Replication as well.
“Before Veeam, we used a tar command to manually search for files in big tar archives, and that took up to 90 minutes,” Lukasz continued. “With Veeam, we simply use the file-level restore wizard, and after a few clicks, we can retrieve any file from any virtual machine, in just a few minutes. Full virtual machine restores are a lot quicker with Veeam too. With the previous process, only two of our seven-person IT team was able to do a full restore, and it took hours. With Veeam, anyone on the IT team can restore a whole server, and it takes minutes, not hours. This is incredible functionality.”
In addition to a faster and more efficient data protection process, Veeam Backup & Replication saves the IT team more than 50 hours each year in backup maintenance. “The previous process was prone to failures, which was very frustrating,” he continued. “It’s also important to note that backup file size decreased from 700 GB to 400 GB with Veeam, which means we can store more data on tape, and we have very fast access to seven days of rollback.”
Increases backup speed by 69 percent
Before the IT team at GLS Poland installed Veeam Backup & Replication, the VMware backup procedure took eight hours. Now it takes two hours and 30 minutes. While this improvement in backup speed is important to Lukasz and his colleagues, there is something even more important: Veeam gives them full confidence in matters of data security and usability.
Improves file-level recovery time by 94 percent
What used to take 90 minutes now takes about five minutes with Veeam Backup & Replication. In addition to faster file-level recovery, the IT team can restore a full virtual machine a lot quicker now too – in minutes rather than hours.
Saves 50+ hours yearly in backup maintenance; decreases backup file size
The IT team saves more than 50 hours each year in backup maintenance time with Veeam. That’s because the company’s previous backup process was prone to failure, but Veeam Backup & Replication works every time. Backup file size decreased as well, from 700 GB to 400 GB.