The Business Challenge
The Ferretti Group is based in Forlì, Italy, and many of its 2,000 employees work remotely and internationally. The IT team supports four data centers, three in Italy and one in Miami, Florida. The IT infrastructure is virtualized on VMware vSphere and includes hundreds of Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) that support critical applications such as SAP ERP and Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.
Ferretti began the move to virtualization in 2006. The IT team had a backup tool in place for its physical severs but did not find it effective for virtual servers. “Implementing a traditional backup process in a fully virtualized environment was not an option for us,” said Guido Angelo Ingenito, IT Infrastructure & Security Manager for Ferretti. “The licensing costs were too high, and it was nearly impossible to achieve suitable recovery time and recovery point objectives.”
The IT team evaluated several virtualization-specific backup products to find the solution that would address Ferretti’s critical disaster recovery and business continuity requirements. Ingenito and his team wanted a reliable solution that was easy to deploy and run, and one that would work well with the legacy backup tool they were already using. They also needed a solution that would allow them to meet their recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs).
“After testing several backup products, we chose Veeam Backup & Replication,” Ingenito said. “It was really no contest. By far, Veeam has been the most powerful, scalable, cost-effective and straightforward solution we’ve found on the market. It was simple to install and run, and it was very affordable. Veeam’s simple pricing model is attractive, but the product’s reliability is more important. We can’t put a price on keeping our operations up and running.”
Veeam® Backup & Replication™ also ensured that data was always protected and critical VMs could be recovered quickly if necessary. “Our management team is deeply committed to maintaining business continuity,” Ingenito explained. “Veeam’s effective disaster recovery capabilities ensure that we can honor that commitment.”
The Veeam Solution
Ferretti chose Veeam Backup & Replication because it fully supports the virtual environment, is easy to set up and run, and has more capabilities than any other solution on the market. “From the moment we installed Veeam, we knew it was different from the other products we had tried,” Ingenito said, “It is very simple and easy to use, yet backups are consistent and reliable. Veeam is much faster and has ensured that our RTOs and RPOs were met and data and applications are available 24/7.”
Veeam’s Instant VM Recovery feature is very important to Ferretti. It lets the IT team run a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file. When a critical Web server was accidentally lost, Instant VM Recovery was used to restore it quickly. “We maintain many Web sites that are extremely important to our business, since they are our luxury showcase on the Web,” Ingenito explained. “We were able to restore the server in record time and had all the sites up and running again in minutes. There was literally no impact on our business. Before Veeam, it might have taken us many hours to recover the Web server -- if we could have done it at all.”
To ensure business continuity, Ferretti needed the ability to simply replicate VMs to a colocation facility. The IT team found that Veeam Backup & Replication was the best choice to provide the enhanced data protection it needed in a near-CDP fashion.
Now Ferretti backs up and replicates all VMs every night, and some critical servers such as the Microsoft Exchange servers are backed up several times during the day. According to Ingenito, “We back up and replicate about four terabytes of data every day. Veeam has ensured the complete recoverability of our data centers, making it a key component of our business continuity and disaster recovery plan.”
Ingenito used Veeam’s online resources and tutorials to get certified on the product. “I really have not had to use Veeam support, even through several product upgrades, because Veeam is so reliable and simple to run,” he said. “Veeam’s excellent tutorials and certification program have fully prepared my team and me to handle day-to-day operations. I know that support is available should I need it, but so far it’s been smooth sailing.”
Intuitive, easy to use technology to protect the virtual environment
Veeam Backup & Replication was developed specifically for the virtual environment. The Ferretti IT team now has an easy-to-use solution that is also easy to maintain, and Ferretti’s international group of employees has always-on access to data and applications.
Reliable backups to achieve RTOs and RPOs
Veeam Backup & Replication delivers 24/7 data protection so that the Ferretti IT team can meet its RTOs and RPOs. Thanks to Veeam Instant VM Recovery, the IT team can provide and run mission critical services seamlessly with the utmost confidence.
Efficient and effective disaster recovery to ensure business continuity
Before Ferretti implemented Veeam Backup & Replication, disaster recovery capabilities were lacking. Now the team uses Veeam to replicate several terabytes of data each night, and is confident that data centers can be recovered quickly and easily, and that business continuity is maintained.