After conducting a thorough cost-benefit analysis of available options, Sompo Japan selected Veeam® Backup for Microsoft Azure to ensure around-the-clock availability for the systems powering its services and to reduce IT costs.
“One of the main reasons that we chose Veeam was because it offered the best total cost of ownership (TCO),” said Mr. Shindo. “We compared it to the Azure Backup service, and Veeam’s high data compression rate pushed it over the edge. Even taking into account licensing fees, we would spend so much less on disk usage with Veeam that we estimate it will reduce TCO by 30% over the next nine years.”
Today, the company depends on Veeam to automatically tier backups across Azure Blob Storage for long-term retention, enabling a high return on investment. Together, with the savings enabled by adopting public cloud services, Veeam contributes significantly to lower infrastructure costs.
With help from Sompo Japan’s long-term partner Hitachi, Ltd., the company migrated 800 virtual machines supporting its business-critical contract management system to Microsoft Azure and backed them up using Veeam. For the first time, the environment is protected end to end.
“Previously, it was challenging to ensure comprehensive backups,” said Mr. Shindo. “Our contract management system includes lots of routine and nonroutine jobs that are carried out using a job scheduler. Using API integrations, we could set up straightforward link between Veeam and our the job scheduler, allowing us to automate backups for 100% of the environment.”
Sompo Japan can now recover data faster and more reliably using Veeam. At the same time, the company can now take advantage of backup verification features built into the solution to ensure that core data is always fully protected.
“Veeam allows us to make changes to our environment with confidence,” said Mr. Shindo. “If there’s ever a problem, we can immediately roll back without users even noticing.”
Looking ahead, Sompo Japan plans to extend its use of Veeam to support the company as it pursues its next Digital Transformation goals. In particular, Sompo Japan expects Veeam to play a key role in its cybersecurity strategy.
“Our data is growing all the time, and we know that Veeam will scale seamlessly to support us,” said Mr. Shindo. “With the risk of cyberattack increasing, Veeam is an indispensable countermeasure to ransomware. We also believe it will prove useful as a tool to migrate other on-premises servers to the cloud. Wherever Sompo Japan heads next, we’re bringing Veeam with us.”