NAKIVO Inc., a fast-growing software company for protecting virtualized and cloud environments, has announced today that MIB School of Management an Italian School of Business and Management- has selected NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect their VMware environment.
MIB School of Management was founded as a non-profit organization in Trieste, Italy, in 1988, and was one of the first schools in Italy to develop a fully international approach to training. The school offers full-time and part-time Masters, MBA’s, Executive Programs for managers and entrepreneurs, and customized courses for businesses and public administration bodies.
The IT infrastructure of MIB School of Management consists of two physical servers. "Overall, we have approximately 20 VMware VMs. Our environment is based on Microsoft Active Directory. We have an Active Directory server, a file server, a print server, administration office server, CCM server, Exchange server, Sharepoint server, and others. Not all servers are fully utilized, but rather kept as a historical archive," says Lodovico Bonini, ICT Manager at MIB School of Management.
The main objective of the MIB School of Management is to be able to perform fast backup of the entire environment, and in case of any disruptions or failures, be able to recover that environment promptly and easily. "We aim to always have full backup of a file server that contains critical information about our students, staff, and different teaching materials," says Lodovico.
For MIB School of Management, experience with one legacy backup solution was not satisfying and did not offer any advantages because VM backups took a long time to complete and excessive time was spent on backup administration.
"I was not satisfied because there were many problems and regular failures. I had to add data manually to the backup of our file, Exchange, and Sharepoint servers, so it was cumbersome to manage each time. I had to backup my file server manually every week and connect from home to my work environment. Overall, I have spent at least a couple of hours on checking backups every weekend," says Lodovico. Other legacy backup solutions were also not up to par and there was constant search for an appropriate backup solution that would meet school’s requirements and did not break the bank.
"I read on the VMware website that NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a certified product and then I just googled the software. After many months of testing, I was satisfied with the product and the price, so I decided to make a purchase," says Lodovico. NAKIVO Backup & Replication was purchased four years ago and MIB School of Management has never experienced any issues with the product. "Before choosing NAKIVO, I have tried five different solutions, but NAKIVO is certainly the simplest solution to install and configure," says Lodovico.
VM backup is the most imperative feature for MIB School of Management. "My goal was quite simple - I wanted a backup solution that could work. I do not need a plethora of features, with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, I have fast and reliable VM backup and that is all I need," says Lodovico. Previously, it was necessary to spend significant hours on maintenance and verification of VM backups, however, with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, backup administration time has been significantly decreased. "Before NAKIVO Backup & Replication, VM backups were a nightmare. Now, I just check my email in the morning, I see a report, and usually everything is ok," says Lodovico.
With deduplication and compression features, backup size was dramatically reduced for MIB School of Management. "I use deduplication and compression to save space and once a week, I detach my backup repository and compress it. Space savings usually come to about 90%. Moreover, I like that I can schedule and reclaim unused space. It is a useful option because it saves a significant amount of time," says Lodovico.
Finally, Instant File Recovery is used by MIB School of Management to recover files from the file server. "In comparison to a previous backup solution, Instant File Recovery of NAKIVO Backup & Replication is super fast. If I need to recover a file, in a couple of minutes, the entire process is completed. It is quite efficient to be able to recover just one file, without recovering an entire VM first," says Lodovico.
MIB School of Management implemented NAKIVO Backup & Replication about four years ago and did not regret the decision. With past legacy backup solutions, the speed of VM backups and time spent on backup administration were major disadvantages. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the situation is completely different. "Formerly, I needed between 12 hours to backup my file server. The file server is about 700GB of data. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, if I start all backups at the same time, in about 2 hours, I can backup the entire environment. It is approximately a 6X improvement in the backup speed," says Lodovico.
"Previously, I had to spend about 2 hours during the week on maintenance and verification of backups. Now, I spend more or less 15 minutes a week. Overall, it is about an 85% reduction in backup administration time," says Lodovico. "In the past, I can say that I did not have a properly functional backup solution. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you just need to install, configure, and forget about the product because it does everything it promises to do," says Lodovico.
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About MIB School of Management
MIB Trieste School of Management (mib.edu) was founded as a non-profit organization in Trieste, in 1988 through the joint efforts of high profile companies (including Generali, Allianz, illycaffè and Fincantieri) and the world of academia. The school and its Masters, MBAs, and advanced programs have been recognized by several top rated agencies, accreditation bodies, and recruiting companies in Italy and Europe. For many years, the school has welcomed highly talented, selected students from over 80 different countries and teachers from 15 nations and numerous professional backgrounds. Thorough, practical, and engaging teaching style, strong international outlook and ongoing relationships with companies are the pillars upon which MIB School of Management has built its success. For the past 20 years, international faculty has been passionately committed to the philosophy of empowering talents, increasing skills, and strengthening leadership in order to stimulate growth in both people and companies.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO Inc. (nakivo.com) is a privately-held company founded in 2012. NAKIVO develops a fast, reliable, and affordable data protection solution for VMware and cloud environments. As of Q2 2016, over 14,000 companies are using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their data more efficiently and cost effectively. Also, over 120 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers are using NAKIVO to deliver VM BaaS, and DRaaS to their customers. NAKIVO has a global presence with over 1,200 channel partners in 115 countries worldwide.