The Business Challenge
Like many organizations, Møbeltransport Danmark tried to use its legacy backup tool for its virtual environment. The tool had worked well with physical machines, but it did not work well with virtual machines (VMs). The company’s 30+ VMware vSphere VMs support every critical business system, such as email, finance and the relocation management application that schedules and tracks clients’ shipments and storage, so a reliable data protection solution was of utmost importance.
“We became more and more frustrated with our legacy backup tool because it was unstable, unfriendly and expensive,” said René Rasmussen, IT Specialist for Møbeltransport. “Only two out of five backups were successful, the restore process was long and difficult, and fees for agents combined with licenses for tape drives drove the cost up each year.”
Rasmussen said he and his colleagues needed a solution that was reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective. They found a solution that not only met each of their requirements but also provided something they didn’t realize they needed until they experienced it— automated monitoring of their virtual environment.
The Veeam Solution
The IT team at Møbeltransport uses Veeam® Backup Essentials—a powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solution for data protection and virtualisation management for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Veeam Backup Essentials bundles Veeam Backup & Replication™ for fast, flexible and reliable backup and recovery of VMs withVeeam ONE™ for monitoring and alerting, capacity planning, documentation and management reporting for backup and virtual infrastructures.
With Veeam Backup & Replication, unstable backups are no longer a problem at Møbeltransport Danmark. The IT team knows each backup is successful because Veeam’s SureBackup® automatically verifies the recoverability of every backup. SureBackup also saves team members up to three hours each week because they don’t have to oversee the backup process and troubleshoot failed backups.
“Veeam is so fast and easy to use that we don’t panic anymore when a colleague asks us to restore a file,” Rasmussen said. “We can recover a VM and the file in minutes, not hours.”
Another big difference between Veeam Backup & Replication and the legacy backup tool is cost. Veeam is 70% less expensive because the legacy tool required agents on each VM and licenses for tape drives. Veeam is agentless and offers three options for archiving backups: disk, cloud and tape.
“We were quite happy backing up our VMs to disk with Veeam Backup & Replication, but Veeam’s tape option gives us the choice of using the tape library we had already established,” Rasmussen said. “We were even happier when we realized we would also save 30-40% in tape costs because Veeam backups require less space.”
Veeam has built-in compression and deduplication; therefore Veeam backups require less storage. Møbeltransport will save more money with another feature: Built-in WAN Acceleration. The company will use Veeam to copy VM backups offsite for disaster recovery (DR). With Built-in WAN Acceleration, there’s no need to purchase an acceleration appliance or software, or to acquire extra network bandwidth.
In addition to Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Backup Essentials includes Veeam ONE for advanced monitoring, alerting and capacity planning. Before Møbeltransport began using Veeam ONE, the IT team relied on native VMware tools for monitoring the virtual environment.
“Veeam ONE alerted us to issues that were not recognized,” Rasmussen said. “For example, Veeam alerted us to a server problem that would have caused downtime if we hadn’t resolved it. Our workflow would have been disrupted for hours if this server had failed.”
“Veeam ONE enables us to be proactive,” he continued. “It lets us know when there are issues in the virtual environment and it forecasts ahead for when thresholds will be met. This gives us time to address issues and plan how we’ll resolve them before they become problems.”
Veeam ONE also integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication to deliver advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for the company’s backup infrastructure. “Veeam ONE keeps track of the entire virtual environment,” Rasmussen said. “It tells us if our backup repositories are low; it alerts us to CPU usage—it’s all in ONE.”
Reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective backup and recovery
Veeam Backup & Replication met each of Møbeltransport Danmark requirements for a new VM backup and DR solution: reliable backups (SureBackup automatically verifies the recoverability of every backup); ease of use (the team saves up to three hours a week in backup management); and cost-effective data protection (Veeam is 70% less expensive than the legacy backup tool).
Automated monitoring for proactive notification and issue resolution
With more than 200 prebuilt alarms and an extensive knowledge base, Møbeltransport Danmark IT team has the information it needs to proactively manage the performance and availability of the backup and virtual infrastructure. Team members are alerted when issues arise or thresholds will be met, giving them time to pinpoint the cause and resolve the situation.
Complete solution for data protection and virtualisation management
When compared to legacy backup tools and native monitoring solutions, Veeam Backup Essentials is in a class by itself. In addition to being agentless, Veeam Backup Essentials provides Instant VM Recovery (to restart a failed VM from a backup in minutes); Instant File-level Recovery (for any operating system and file system); and 24x7 real-time monitoring (for proactive management and resource optimisation). Veeam Backup Essentials is available in two-socket bundles for environments with two, four or six sockets.