The National Library of Scotland selected Veeam as its unified data protection solution for both front-end Microsoft 365 applications and back-office digital infrastructure.
“We were confident that Veeam would enable us to protect and restore data within our service-level objectives,” said Sommerville. “Today, we use it to back up 370TB of data.”
Working with Veeam, the Library configured its new solution to perform full weekly and daily incremental backups of all 110 VMs, as well as other departmental systems running Microsoft SQL Server. Data is backed up to Tier 1 and Tier 2 disk storage and deployed at geographically separate data centers, ensuring that backups are always available, even if one site suffers an outage.
“Veeam makes our backup and recovery process so streamlined and automated that we’ve effectively freed up 1.5 days of resource each week in the IT department,” said Sommerville. “In addition, Veeam compression and incremental backup technology has eliminated network bandwidth issues, enabling us to back up data more frequently.”
Building on its success with the VM environment, the Library deployed Veeam to back up its Microsoft 365 data. In this case, to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“Configuring AWS backups using Veeam was very straightforward,” said Sommerville. “The skills we’d gained working with Veeam on-premises made it easy to use Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, since the user interface is almost identical. Using AWS templates, we got up and running in the cloud quickly, and we now back up around 9.5TB of Microsoft 365 data to Amazon S3 buckets.”
Since deploying the Veeam solution, the National Library of Scotland has reduced its operational costs while enhancing the protection of critical data.
“With Veeam, we have significantly improved our RPO for the VMs from 14 days to just 24 hours; we reduced the RPO for the SQL server transaction logs to just 60 minutes,” said Sommerville. “Similarly, we have cut our RTO from three hours to just 10 minutes. Overall, we have improved our RPO by 93% and our RTO by 95%, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with Veeam.”
As part of a strategic plan for digital transformation, the National Library of Scotland is migrating the VMs from on-premises servers to cloud solutions. While this reduces the risk of server failure, the threat posed by cyberattacks continues to rise.
“With ransomware, it’s about when you’ll get hit, rather than if,” said Sommerville. “Thanks to Veeam, we’re better prepared than ever. We can now recover vital servers from immutable backups in minutes. I sleep easier at night knowing we’ve got Veeam on the case. As we continue our journey to cloud, we’re looking forward to working with Veeam to further strengthen our data protection capabilities, helping us keep the National Library of Scotland’s collections safe and available to all.”