VNOG was already in the process of purchasing Veeam data protection technology when it was targeted by cyber-criminals. The organization reached out to Veeam and its partners for help.
“Even though it was late at night on a weekend, I got through to the right Veeam contact immediately,” said Moraal. “He put me in touch with Veeam partner it2grow, who called me before I could call them! They helped us initiate our recovery from the attack.”
Next, VNOG deployed Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 to support a new approach to data protection. The organization embraced the 3-2-1-1-0 Rule, retaining at least three copies of data, two of which are stored on different media, and one immutable copy in a remote location. Finally, VNOG can always restore with zero faults.
“With help from Veeam and it2grow, we’ve radically increased our cyber- resilience,” said Moraal. “We’re now backing up 17TB of data across 130 virtual machines hosted on four physical machines every night, something that simply wasn’t possible before.”
VNOG benefits from simpler, faster data restore thanks to Veeam. The organization’s IT team has a particular appreciation for this capability now that the organization has experienced a ransomware attack.
“We feel so much more secure now that we have immutable backups through Veeam,” said Moraal. “Veeam is pretty much ‘dummy-proof’ too — the user interface is so intuitive that even the most junior member of our team could use it to restore data or configure backups. If only we’d had Veeam in place when we were last cyberattacked, the recovery process would have been much easier.”
When data is deleted accidentally rather than compromised through malicious means, VNOG can use the Veeam solution to minimize the impact on operations.
“We had two people in the organization with the same name, and when one left, we accidentally deleted the wrong user profile,” said Moraal. “In the past, not only would it have taken a lot of time and effort to rebuild the profile, but we would also have lost data irrevocably. With Veeam, we fixed the issue in seconds.”
Today, VNOG is using Veeam to protect workloads on-premises and in the cloud. The organization has recently adopted a cloud-first strategy, with Veeam playing a crucial role in its future plans.
“At present, we’re storing two copies of data in each of our twin data centers and one in the cloud,” said Moraal. “In the future, we plan to move to triple redundancy in the cloud. Veeam can back up workloads equally as well wherever they reside, giving us the freedom to build a roadmap that works for VNOG, assured that our data is fully protected.”