The Business Challenge
The Together Housing Group manages more than 35,000 homes for approximately 50,000 people across the North of England and employs 1,500 people in 20 offices. With a large virtual environment of 1,700 VMs and several data centers, the Together Housing Group needed a scalable, streamlined data protection and disaster recovery solution.
“We’ve used traditional backup solutions with our VMware vSphere environment in the past, but we always encountered issues with complexity, cost and capabilities,” said Lee Richardson, System Engineer for the Together Housing Group.
“The traditional backup tools were too complex to set up and configure, sometimes requiring a dedicated administration team. And if something went wrong during a backup, it went very wrong. One vendor sent a service engineer to help us sort out an issue, and even he couldn’t resolve the problem. The traditional backup tools were costly, too. In addition to the cost of agents for each VM, which adds up quickly when you have hundreds of VMs, the traditional backup tools required add-ons for replication, so we contracted with a disaster recovery firm for replication instead. These tools didn’t offer the capabilities we needed either, such as fast backup, fast file-level restore and easy management for large VMware installations like ours.”
The Veeam Solution
Mr. Richardson and his colleagues choose a single solution to meet all of their data protection and disaster recovery needs — Veeam® Backup & Replication™.
Veeam provides fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. “Veeam does exactly what it says it will do, and it works every time,” Mr. Richardson said. “It’s so incredibly easy to set up, use and manage, even in a large installation like ours. And, a single person can manage Veeam with no major impact on his day. The traditional backup tools required a team of people to run them.”
Mr. Richardson said Veeam Backup & Replication is also more cost-effective. “Veeam combines agentless backup and replication in a single product, unlike the traditional backup tools that required us to purchase agents for each VM, totaling about £30,000 each year. We saved another £50,000 per year when we cancelled a contract with a disaster recovery firm for replication services. Now we replicate data among offices with Veeam and have a solid sense of security. Veeam provides everything we need for data protection and disaster recovery in one solution.”
Veeam also provides the Together Housing Group with several timesaving capabilities. Compared to traditional backup tools, Veeam backs up the organization’s VMs 56 percent faster, reducing the backup timeframe from 16 hours to seven, and it restores a full VM 10X faster. “Another huge timesaver is Veeam’s 1-Click File Restore,” Mr. Richardson said. “We simply find the file and restore it to its original location with a single click of a button. How easy is that?”
Veeam Backup & Replication also includes a distributed architecture for easy scalability. “Deploying and maintaining Veeam across multiple offices is fast and simple,” Mr. Richardson said. “One Veeam backup server can control multiple backup proxies, and those proxies don’t require Microsoft SQL Server; they only require a few components that install in seconds. Veeam’s wizard made it so easy to deploy backup proxies to all our sites. In fact, it was so easy that we thought we had missed something, but we hadn’t. Veeam is that easy to use. It’s the total package.”
Built for the virtual world: intuitive and easy to use
Unlike traditional backup tools, Veeam Backup & Replication was designed specifically for virtual servers. “It takes an entire team to install and manage traditional backup tools, but one person can install and manage Veeam easily,” Mr. Richardson said. This is a big advantage for small IT staffs that are operating at full speed.”
2-in-1 backup and replication: best value in the market
Veeam Backup & Replication combines agentless image-based backup and replication in a single product, saving the Together Housing Group £80,000 per year in agent fees and replication services from a disaster recovery firm.
Timesaving capabilities: fast backup, quick recovery and enterprise scalability
Compared to traditional backup tools, Veeam backs up Together Housing Group’s 200+ VMs 56 percent faster and restores a full VM 10X faster. In addition, Veeam’s distributed architecture and “automated everything” approach streamline deployment and maintenance of the solution across Together Housing Group’s 20 offices.