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Val Verde USD Protects Against Cyberattacks with Veeam and HPE Nimble

The Business Challenge

Logicalis listened carefully to Val Verde USD and recommended Veeam® Availability Suite™.

“We replaced legacy backup with Veeam and significantly improved our ability to protect data,” Penner said. “Recovery speed increased by 98%, so if we find ourselves in a catastrophic situation, we know we’ll be able to recover quickly, avoid data loss and operate as normally as possible.”

“It’s amazing how quickly Veeam restores data,” said Brian Falk, network engineer, Val Verde USD. “Rather than asking someone how badly they need us to restore something, we ask, ‘How fast do you need it? No problem!’ We have full confidence in our ability to do our jobs, and we’re able to do our jobs faster. We save eight hours each week because Veeam is fast, simple and easy to use.”

Falk said Veeam checks all the boxes on the district’s list of requirements beginning with primary storage integration. Veeam is storage-neutral and integrates deeply with many storage providers, including HPE Nimble — the district’s primary storage. Veeam backs up 30 TB across 100 VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs) from Nimble Storage Snapshots on-premises for fast recovery. Nimble replicates VMs off-premises for disaster recovery (DR).

Integration with HPE Nimble doesn’t stop there. Veeam On-Demand Sandbox™ for Storage Snapshots lets the IT team create isolated environments for testing software updates before deploying them in production.

“Sandboxing is a big benefit for us,” Falk said. “When our engineers want to test something in Active Directory, we build them isolated environments, giving them full range to completely destroy Active Directory if they need to because we know we can restore it fast with Veeam.”

Another requirement was cloud backup. Veeam provides fast and secure backup, replication and direct restore to the cloud. Val Verde hasn’t chosen a cloud yet, but Veeam can leverage any public cloud provider, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud, or a managed service provider.

Veeam also provides a cloud data management strategy. By taking a holistic approach to data across its lifecycle, Veeam merges the traditional disciplines of backup, recovery, protection, security and management with cloud mobility, visibility, orchestration and automation. Veeam will help Val Verde USD evolve the way it manages data to ensure its always protected and accessible on-premises, off-premises and in the cloud.

“One of the things we like best about Veeam is it can protect all workloads — virtual, physical and cloud — from a single management console,” Falk said. “But we also appreciate that Veeam supports tape backup, which was another requirement. A lot of resellers pushed us away from tape, but Logicalis understood our reasoning: It’s additional security for cyberattacks, particularly in the case of ransomware. Tape is our second media in the 3-2-1 Rule.”

“Veeam plays a critical role in protecting all of our data,” Penner said. “It’s an excellent product that’s easy to set up and configure, but most important, it has a proven track record. Veeam makes our lives easier.”

The Veeam Solution

Hadassah Medical Center replaced Veritas NetBackup with Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam provides non-stop availability of critical medical systems that is required by healthcare professionals to treat patients. It recovers system-supporting servers 99% faster, taking minutes not hours. Veeam also provides functionality that’s not possible with legacy backup. This includes the ability to verify recoverability — an important component of every hospital’s BCDR strategy.

“Veeam is amazing,” Sarel said. “It’s simple to use yet robust and reliable, giving us confidence that doctors and nurses have access to medical systems they need to treat patients, whether they’re in the emergency room or the operating theater.”

The operating theater is where medicine meets machinery, and Veeam plays a role in this too. Veeam backs up and replicates 300 TB across 800 virtual servers on-premises, and some of those servers support robotic and computer-assisted surgical systems. If someone falls on a wet sidewalk, suffers complications from a car accident or complains of persistent lower back pain from long-distance running, Hadassah’s orthopedic surgeons can help. They combine robotic surgery with advanced three-dimensional imaging to repair fractured sacral bones.

Veeam protects servers that support clinical research too. Hadassah is internationally recognized for decades of leadership in stem cell research and for immunotherapies that support the body’s own resources to fight disease. Hadassah has seen stunning results from the clinical trials for potential treatments of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Hadassah’s sophisticated, visionary medical research is leading the way to a better quality of life for people around the globe, and Veeam plays a small but vital part by increasing recovery speed of the servers supporting clinical research by 99%. Recovering those same servers with legacy backup sometimes took hours.

Veeam also decreases the backup management time by 88% (going from 40 hours each week to five), giving the IT team more time to test the organization’s BCDR strategy. Moreover, Veeam lets the team verify the recoverability of backups and replicas for the first time. Veeam DataLabs™ provides an isolated environment where the team tests backups for recoverability (SureBackup®) and replicas for recoverability (SureReplica). The isolated environment also offers the On-Demand Sandbox™ so the team can test and troubleshoot software updates before deploying them in production.

“Veeam makes life in IT easier,” Sarel said. “Next, we’re going to use Veeam to simplify and speed up backup and recovery of NAS file shares. We know if we have questions, we can contact our account manager or Veeam’s technical team. Both provide excellent support.”

The Results

  • Delivers deep integration with HPE Nimble Storage snapshots
    Val Verde USD replaced legacy backup with Veeam to improve data protection. “School districts experience the same cyberattacks as corporations and government agencies, so we have to be proactive and diligent in how we protect data,” Penner said. “Veeam is fast, reliable and easy to use. We know we can recover data quickly if we need to.”
  • Recovers data 98% faster (takes three minutes versus three hours)
    “Before deploying Veeam we sometimes had to asked users if they really needed us to recover something because the process could take hours,” Falk said. “Our job is to provide what they need as fast as possible, and Veeam helps us do that.”
  • Provides a comprehensive and robust cloud data management strategy
    Veeam protects all data for Val Verde USD by backing up to disk, tape and eventually to the cloud when the district is ready. Veeam Cloud Data Management™ ensures data is recoverable and available in the event of an outage, attack, loss or theft. Veeam also offers broad data management capabilities and an extensive orchestration engine to facilitate DR readiness.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international, multi-skilled solution provider of digital enablement services. The company’s customers span many industries including financial services, education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services. Logicalis employs 6,000 people in offices throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.

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Val Verde Unified School District (USD) provides students with a world-class education to ensure they are ready to assume their roles in the 21st century workforce. Located in Perris, California, the district serves 20,000 students in 23 schools and employs 1,800 teachers and staff.


No school district wants to become a victim of a cyberattack, so Val Verde USD proactively sought to increase its data protection. The district had four requirements for backup: integration with primary storage, which is Nimble Storage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), faster recovery, tape support and backup to the cloud.


  • Delivers deep integration with HPE Nimble Storage snapshots
  • Recovers data 98% faster (takes three minutes versus three hours)
  • Provides a comprehensive and robust cloud management strategy
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