The Business Challenge
Ten years ago, IT was not an integral part of daily business at The Pinewood Studios
Group. However, with the advent of virtualisation, IT became a vital supporting role
for the company’s core business of providing production facilities for the TV and film
When the IT team decided to make the move from physical servers to virtual machines
(VMs), it reached out to Codestone, a leading provider of IT solutions in the United
Kingdom. Codestone migrated the company’s applications and data from 14 physical
servers to three VMware vSphere hosts running 30 Windows VMs. Ninety percent of
the IT infrastructure is now virtualised and applications include software that organizes
studio bookings and email that connects 250 employees worldwide.
“Our goal was to create a virtualised environment that incorporates a strategy of high
availability and disaster recovery (DR),” said John Chase, Group IT Manager at The
Pinewood Studios Group. “When it was time to choose a backup solution, we knew
we needed something built for virtualisation. We had three requirements: easy to use,
low maintenance and the ability to replicate. Codestone recommended Veeam®, and it
turned out to be the perfect fit.”
The Veeam Solution
The Pinewood Studios Group deployed Veeam Essentials—a powerful, easy-to-use
and affordable solution for data protection and virtualisation management in VMware
vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Veeam Essentials bundles Veeam Backup
& Replication™ for fast and reliable backup and recovery of VMs and Veeam ONE™ for
real-time monitoring and alerting, capacity planning, documentation and management
reporting. Veeam Essentials can be purchased in two-socket bundles for environments
with two, four or six sockets.
“Veeam Backup & Replication works brilliantly,” Chase said. “We backup our VMs in onethird
the time it took to backup our physical servers, and we’re able to recover items like
Microsoft Exchange mailboxes so much quicker than before.”
Shortly after Veeam was deployed, the company’s chief executive officer asked the IT team
to restore his mailbox. Chase used a Veeam capability called U-AIR® (Universal Application-
Item Recovery) to recover the mailbox in a very short time. U-AIR lets IT administrators
restore individual objects from any virtualised application in minutes without agents,
additional backups or software tools.
Another way the team can restore mailboxes (and emails, notes and contacts) is with
Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange, which provides instant visibility into Exchange
backups for easy item recovery.
“Before Veeam, restoring an Exchange mailbox could take the whole day,” Chase said.
“Now it takes minutes. Veeam is a huge timesaver for us.”
When the IT team backed up its physical servers to tape, a team member from each of the
company’s three datacentres spent approximately five hours each week overseeing the
backup-to-tape process, as well as retrieving and reviewing tapes when an item needed
to be recovered.
“We’re saving at least 15 hours each week with Veeam because of fast backup and
recovery,” Chase said. “And, I don’t wonder if backups actually work like I did before we
virtualised. With Veeam, we have peace of mind. You just set it and forget it.”
SureBackup® is the reason Chase and his colleagues have peace of mind—it lets them
verify the recoverability of every backup. Veeam automatically tests backups by running
them in an isolated Virtual Lab that Veeam sets up and manages.
Now that the IT team has mastered Veeam Backup & Replication, it will begin to use the
second component of Veeam Essentials. Veeam ONE™ integrates with Veeam Backup &
Replication to deliver advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for backup.
Veeam ONE has additional capabilities to help IT professionals ensure the performance
and availability of the entire virtual environment, such as resource monitoring and more
than 200 pre-built alarms with thresholds based on best practices and years of experience.
Backup and recovery are fast and reliable
Companies like The Pinewood Studios Group that move from a physical environment to
a virtual one need modern data protection that is built for virtualisation. Veeam Essentials
is a powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solution that helps organisations realize the full
potential of their investments in virtualisation. It provides 2-in-1: backup and replication,
fast and easy-to-use recovery, and 24x7 real-time monitoring and reporting.
Verified recoverability of backups provides peace of mind
Chase said the biggest benefit to using Veeam Backup & Replication is peace of mind.
“With Veeam, I know our backups are working, and I know they can provide the
applications and data we need in case of emergency,” he said. “We have stage facilities all
over the world, and it’s important our users have what they need, when they need it.”
Monitoring and reporting make virtualisation management easier
The IT team is learning how Veeam ONE delivers the performance and availability
management capabilities that matter to IT administrations, such as real-time monitoring,
documentation and management reporting, capacity planning and business