BTEX 2020: Data Protection Strategy Modernization with Veeam


One of the largest manufacturers in North America, based in Ontario, had been a Veeam customer for about a year, but they were only using Veeam for their virtualized environment. They had been using the Veeam Backup and Replication Availability Suite, and they found it very easy to manage day-to-day, so they wanted to see the same thing from a NAS solution.

The customer was up for renewal in 90 days on their legacy NAS solution when CDW and Veeam came in. CDW helped with the migration, knowledge transfer and conducted a discussion on best practices for the day-to-day users of the software. For a three-year period, CDW and Veeam came in under the cost of the one-year renewal of their legacy solution.

“Because we were able to remove the complexity and the day-to-day burdens of running their legacy backup solution, they were ready to tackle some projects that had been on their plate for well over a year,” says Russ Bick, Territory Manager at Veeam, speaking at CDW’s BTEX 2020 virtual event. Bick mentioned how they were able to start testing workloads in the cloud. “The customer is looking at Azure or AWS, and we have native tools for backing up workloads within both Azure and AWS.”

How Veeam helped the customer with their journey to the cloud

Migrating away from Exchange on-premises to Office 365 was part of that journey to the cloud. When the customer started looking at Office 365, they were under the impression that Microsoft would look after everything. But as Bick explains, “While Microsoft will give you the parking lot, it’s your responsibility to lock the doors of the car and hide the valuables.”

Veeam’s Office 365 solution is a four-in-one product that backs up and recovers Exchange Online, SharePoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams. Version 5 of this product will include more functionality for Teams. For a free trial or a demo, please speak with your CDW account team.

Veeam’s 3 key differentiators in NAS backup

Veeam Availablity Suite Version 10 will include seriously enhanced NAS backup, according to Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer & SVP Product Strategy at Veeam. “We already protect NAS today, but we’ve modified the platform to drive some really cool differentiators.”

Changed file tracking: If you’re backing up the NAS system, and you do another incremental backup, you don’t have to go through the whole file system to determine what’s changed. If one node has changed, everything above it will signal back to the parent node that there’s been a change, and you can ignore the rest of the tree and only go down to which files have changed.

Complete flexibility: If you have a file system that has either an NFS or an SMB share, Veeam can protect that. Whether you have a Windows or a Linux file system, they can protect that, too. “When we protect one of these systems, we can restore to another system, so it gives you the option to protect from anywhere to anywhere,” says Allan.

Snapshot friendly: If it takes two hours to back up your data, from the first scan to the protection of the last file, that file may have been deleted or removed. But, because the snapshot is operating off a specific point in time, you don’t have to worry about consistency errors between the first part and the last part of the scan. If you can take your backup from a snapshot, you can also offload that work from your NAS storage to a secondary system.

“We’re actually taking NAS, and helping you make your organization more productive,” says Allan.

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