To protect fast-growing data and support its move to 24/7 manufacturing, VDL selected Veeam Backup & Replication. The group worked with Veeam and Veeam partners to implement the solution.
“We chose Veeam because it offers scalability, flexibility and ease of management,” said Frank Hack. “The deployment was a smooth process. We received effective support from Veeam and their partners. We outlined our goals for the solution, and they helped us identify the configuration and features that would help us achieve them.”
VDL relies on Veeam to protect a hybrid cloud environment, which includes approximately 1,200 virtual servers and 240 physical servers, mainly located on-premises. The group now backs up critical data every day.
“Using Veeam, we’ve centralized backup management for the entire group, giving us greater visibility and control of the process,” said Bas ten Velden. “Veeam is both easy to use and widely known. When we add new members to the IT team, they quickly get up to speed with our backup and replication strategy, reducing the amount and time we spend on-boarding them.”
VDL is now adding Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 to its environment to enable effective backups of some of its most important business applications. The group relies heavily on Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams.
“We opted for Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 over built-in Microsoft data protection tools because it is more powerful and comprehensive,” said Frank Hack. “Our experience with Veeam Backup & Replication gives us confidence this new solution will prove just as reliable and versatile as our existing Veeam solution.”
Using Veeam, VDL can now restore data with far greater ease and speed. Periodically, the group runs test restores of its entire environment, ensuring it can recover fast in the event of a disaster.
“Veeam provides granular restore capabilities that allow us to pinpoint a single email from a day or even years ago,” said Joan School, Systems Administrator at VDL. “Users across the VDL group are now more satisfied by our service, because they are assured that lost data can be recovered simply and quickly when the need arises.” By reducing the administrative burden on the VDL IT team, the Veeam solution frees up time for it to support digital transformation of the group’s manufacturing processes.
“Now that we have Veeam, we spend much less time worrying about data protection,” said Frank Hack. “This gives us extra resources to focus on projects that contribute to the group’s competitive edge.”