The UDC first selected Veeam to protect its critical data and IT systems when it adopted virtualization 12 years ago.
“At the time, we evaluated several data protection solutions purpose-built for virtualized IT environments,” said López. “Veeam quickly jumped to the top of the list. Firstly, every similar organization we spoke to recommended Veeam, citing the ease of use and reliability as big pluses. Then we tested it for ourselves and agreed with that assessment. It offers great functionality at a highly competitive price.”
Using Veeam, the UDC transformed its approach to data backups and replication. The university succeeded in boosting operational resilience while reducing manual intervention significantly, helping its IT team work more efficiently.
“We no longer have to review backups daily,” said López. “If anything goes wrong, Veeam alerts us. Our backups now complete in a third of the time that they did previously and use few resources. Thanks to the compression feature built into Veeam, we’ve reduced the storage capacity we need for our backups by about 60%, which translates into a massive cost saving.”
The UDC is also taking advantage of Veeam to improve its disaster recovery (DR) strategy. By enabling the IT team to restore data easily and rapidly, Veeam plays a key role in minimizing disruption to the university’s users.
“With Veeam, we can recover from a crash of our entire IT environment in about 48 hours, whereas previously it would take weeks,” said López. “Last month, we had some of our most critical production servers go down and Veeam allowed us to restore them with just a few mouse-clicks, which was a huge relief!”
In the 12 years since the UDC first deployed Veeam, the university has changed its IT environment dramatically. By scaling and integrating seamlessly to accommodate these changes, Veeam helps the UDC students and faculty innovate freely, confident that its data is always protected.
“Veeam was the right choice for the UDC more than 12 years ago and it’s still the right choice today,” said López. “It has developed alongside the UDC to offer new features and functionalities that meet our emerging needs. As we move more workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud, it continues to work perfectly. Now we’re testing DR in Azure, and we know the integration between Veeam and Azure will deliver.”
Taking advantage of Veeam’s easy integration with a wide range of technologies, the UDC keeps its options open for the future, reducing risk and complexity.
“No matter what workloads we add or what backup target we choose, Veeam provides exceptional performance,” said López. “As a result of that, we’re now considering protecting our Microsoft 365 and other SaaS solutions with Veeam. Our students and staff are at the center of every decision we make at the UDC, and Veeam continues to help us deliver great value to them.”