The Business Challenge
L’Oréal has offices, production sites and warehouses all over the world. The Denmark office provides shared IT services, and Anders Juhl Nielsen, SAP Basis Consultant for L’Oréal, supplies SAP service for six countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Holland and Belgium. The SAP infrastructure includes one physical server for the ERP production system, seven VMware ESXi hosts and approximately 65 virtual machines (VMs) that contain the supporting systems for SAP.
When the management team in the Denmark office mandated a disaster recovery plan for the entire SAP infrastructure, Anders and his colleagues looked at several VMware backup solutions, including Veeam. They already used SAP tools to back up the physical server but needed a product for the VMware hosts that provided quickrestore functionality, as required in the disaster recovery plan. “Our goal was to find a comprehensive yet cost-effective product that would keep both recovery time and total cost of ownership as low as possible,” Anders said.
The Veeam Solution
L’Oréal’s Denmark office relies on Veeam Backup & Replication™ to back up the supporting SAP systems via a WAN connection to a remote disaster recovery site. Built specifically for VMware environments, Veeam Backup & Replication enables Anders and his colleagues to recover an entire VM or an individual object from any application or file system from an image-level backup. They can also verify the recoverability of every backup, which results in reliable recovery time and recovery point objectives.
“Verifying recoverability is not an issue because of Veeam’s SureBackup™,” Anders said. “Every morning at 6 a.m. we have one complete SureBackup check of the most important VMs. We are certain, without a doubt, that every operating system will boot and that every application will run, every single time.”
Veeam Backup & Replication also provides image-based replication of VMs across LANs and WANs, providing near-continuous data protection (near-CDP) for a fraction of the cost of traditional CDP. “We don’t use the replication capability yet, but it’s good to know it’s available for off-site disaster recovery,” he added.
Now that a solid disaster recovery plan is in place, Anders and his colleagues share status reports with management during regular internal IT audits. “In addition to demonstrating that Veeam Backup & Replication met our goal of a low TCO, we can show our colleagues exactly how the disaster recovery plan works on a daily basis. I can confidently say, ‘This is the status for the last six months, and everything is running exactly as it should.’”
Ensures reliable RTO and RPO; provides low TCO
The L’Oréal office in Denmark uses Veeam Backup & Replication to ensure fast, comprehensive VMware backups that can be restored quickly and easily. “Not only does Veeam provide good RTO and RPO, it also ensures low TCO,” Anders said. “In addition to being a cost-effective tool, Veeam Backup & Replication is so incredibly easy to install and manage.”
Automatically verifies the recoverability of every backup
Veeam vPower™ is the patent-pending technology in Veeam Backup & Replication that enables Anders and the IT team to run a VM directly from a backup file. vPower also enables SureBackup Recovery Verification to automate the recovery verification process—it starts the VM, boots the operating system and confirms that everything is running normally.
Sets new standard in data protection and disaster recovery
Veeam vPower eliminates the fundamental shortcomings of physical data backup to reduce the cost, ensure the reliability and increase the value of data protection and disaster recovery. “It’s Veeam Backup & Replication combined with the virtual environment that gives us an edge in disaster recovery,” Anders said. “This is a quantum leap past the physical backup world.”