Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 01 | Page 74

INDUSTRY WATCH Following a proof of concept, Veeam was introduced into the environment and immediately reflected ‘a fantastic outcome of 100% reliability of backups’. Veeam’s ease of use and simplicity has been a huge positive for Kirk and his ICT team. “We selected Veeam because of its simplicity,” he said. “It was a very easy platform to move to.” The university was able to transition in a seamless manner, replicating its legacy backup environment directly into Veeam Availability Platform. “We ran in parallel for three months and had no regrets about turning the old one off,” he added. Now, Kirk says policies drive the backups according to their needs; backup and recovery evolves with JCU’s growth and any necessary changes can be made with greater efficiency than ever. As he points out, the university’s backup completion rates have gone from 96 or THE UNIVERSITY DISCOVERED NOT ONLY THAT THERE WERE CONSTRAINTS AROUND ITS EXISTING SERVICE LICENSING, BUT IT WAS ALSO COSTING EVEN MORE TIME (AND THEREFORE MONEY). 97% under its old provider to 100% with Veeam. “We don’t have to babysit the backup solution anymore. We have that peace of mind.” Kirk also points out that Veeam Backup for Office 365 can potentially help the university protect everything stored within SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and even Microsoft Teams. “Knowing Office 365 data is protected and backed up by the same availability solution would certainly assure us of backup consistency and keeping the valuable information in faculty emails, documents and conversations accessible and under our control.” As the university’s data needs grow, backup and recovery can serve another vital purpose – development and testing. With complete and up-to-the-instant copies of all the data, Kirk and his team can continue to innovate on secondary datasets without disrupting the live workloads of the university. • 74 INTELLIGENTCIO