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For backup optimization and reliable recovery of virtual machines Leroy Merlin Italia chose Veeam Backup & Replication
“Veeam Backup & Replication has the edge over first generation virtual tools. It can restore an image of all of the virtual machines and guarantees data integrity. We’re very happy to have chosen this solution, which combines innovative functionality, ease of use and immediate, intuitive interface and seamless integration with the VMware environment. It’s a solution that works so well, in the end you forget that you’ve installed it.”
Sergio Casado Castejón
Head of Technology and Innovation

The Business Challenge

Leroy Merlin, a French leader in the retail DIY market, uses an entirely virtual environment in its own IT departments in Italy and is organized according to a structure that includes 12 physical servers, numerous virtual machines and a main data center running from its central headquarters in Milan. From the data center they can access about 5,600 users—all of the firm’s employees. The data center at Leroy Merlin is currently divided between an external data center managed by a supplier, where you can find the firm’s production, and an internal data center located within the central headquarters that is used for development, testing and pre-production. Leroy Merlin needed a tool that would allow them back up their VMs, be easy to use and could be up and running in a short period of time. In addition, the firm needed to be able to reliably back up very large number of virtual machines and be able to recover data quickly and efficiently.

The Veeam Solution

Leroy Merlin turned to a specialist dealer for its selection of the best technologies in the IT market, The dealer, already in use by the firm, advised Leroy Merlin to implement Veeam® Backup & Replication™, a solution that allows for optimized backups that can be performed quickly, using a simple and intuitive interface.

To satisfy the requirements of Leroy Merlin, Veeam Backup & Replication was implemented immediately and started operating at full capacity in under a week— without the need for training. Veeam is currently used by Leroy Merlin to perform a weekly backup and to copy sensitive data from the production area to the main data center, located at the company’s central headquarters. In practice, Veeam carries out a production backup by taking the servers based outside the data center and making an internal copy at the data center quickly and with no bandwidth problems, providing them with the correct data for disaster recovery at their internal data center.

Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware and Hyper-V is a solution developed specifically for virtual environments. It offers backup and recovery of virtual machines (VMs) regardless of the virtual platform, operating system or type of storage. Veeam uses the same core technology and the same operating console, whether backup is performed on a disk or a standby host. This approach protects the integrity of the overall solution, with a fewer “moving parts” for the user to operate, and higher flexibility for meeting recovery objectives (RPOs and RTOs).

“Veeam Backup & Replication won us over right from the start with its ease of implementation and seamless integration with VMware. The result has been a system that works totally transparently and efficiently, with no problems integrating it with the existing environment. Moreover, it’s a solution that can always fit into a company’s budget because it’s extremely reliable and ensures maximal safety in the management of virtual environments” – Sergio Casado Castejón, Head of Technology and Innovation Leroy Merlin Italy.

The Results

Instant and reliable VM recovery

Instant VM Recovery allows you to restore an entire VM from a backup in just a few minutes. Since backups are always updated, you can perform VM and file restores quickly.

Optimizes backup performance

Since it was developed specifically for virtual environments, Veeam Backup & Replication maximizes backup optimization. Backups are performed quickly and reliably. With SureBackup®, you can check the recoverability of any backup, at any time, automatically and with absolute confidence. Also, Veeam’s distributed architecture optimizes performance in remote office/branch office and large‑scale deployments.

Very easy to use and reduces costs

With its easy to use, fast and intuitive interface, Veeam Backup & Replication can be implemented quickly and leading to considerable time and cost savings as well as a short-term return on investment. The solution allows you to save money on server hardware, backup storage, backup software, constant administration, and eliminates costly downtime periods.


Leroy Merlin is a top-rated player in the retail DIY markets, ranking second in Europe and fourth in the world. The French company became part of the Adeo group in July 2006, and currently has a presence in 9 countries around the world, including Italy, where it has 47 stores widely distributed throughout the peninsula.


The need for greater reliability in data recovery and the ability to restore an entire virtual machine quickly and efficiently


  • Instant and reliable recovery of VMs
  • Optimization of backup performance
  • Ease of use and cost reduction

About Upgrade:

Upgrade selects the best technologies on the market to provide its clients with reliable virtual IT infrastructures that leverage their existing investments. Upgrade combines heterogeneous, complex IT systems with the need to simplify IT processes, creating greater flexibility. For the past 12 years, Upgrade has been designing, managing and enhancing its clients’ IT infrastructures. Its strength lies in its partnerships with vendors and distributors, which are valued by the market and have been consolidated through years of cooperation and successful joint projects.