After evaluating multiple solutions, RC Willey selected Veeam Availability Suite as the core platform for its new data protection strategy
“The thing that really impressed us at the beginning is that Veeam just works,” said Chris Weiss. “It was immediately much easier to use than our previous tools, and we were quickly able to build out a disaster recovery solution that made recovery simple and robust.”
Eight years later, RC Willey is still just as enthusiastic about Veeam’s reliability, and has expanded its use of the solution far beyond its original deployment. In addition to over 500 VMware virtual machines, Veeam now also protects more than 50 physical servers, and provides an air-gapped tape backup solution for long-term archiving too.
Recently, RC Willey has used Veeam to create a tiered backup infrastructure, using the solution’s Continuous Data Protection (CDP) features to safeguard its most critical services and virtually eliminate the risk of data loss. In addition to CDP, the company also runs full backups every weekend and incremental backups on a nightly basis, protecting around 2PB of data per week.
“Visibility is great too,” says Chris Weiss. “Veeam ONE gives us realtime insight into what’s happening with our backups, and it’s included in the package. It gives us richer information than other reporting tools that cost significantly more!”
With all this success, the IT team has no intention of resting on its laurels. As the company looks to move its core ERP applications onto Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers, embracing Veeam’s support for Linux agents is next on the priority list — and there’s also potential to use Veeam for the company’s Microsoft 365 environment.
Looking ahead, the team is keeping a close eye on new Veeam features, such as SureBackup to confirm that all backups are recoverable, and Veeam DataLabs to provide sandboxed replicas for testing and patching.