NAKIVO Inc., a fast-growing software company for protecting virtualized and cloud environments, has announced today that Ideal Standard has selected NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect their virtual environment.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Ideal Standard is a privately-owned company, employing almost 9,500 people, operating 18 manufacturing sites, and serving over 60 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Ideal Standard is focused on developing innovative bathroom solutions across multiple product categories, including bathroom ceramics, taps and fittings, bathing and wellness, as well as furniture and accessories.
Ideal Standard’s IT infrastructure consists of multiple sites that are spread out across Europe and North Africa. At the moment, the company is in the process of completely virtualizing their IT infrastructure and transitioning from their old legacy hardware. Once the project will be completed, Ideal Standard will have approximately 37 ESXi hosts. Currently, VMware VMs store everything from file and print servers to Oracle and SQL databases, financial information, and remote desktop services.
Traditionally, Ideal Standard used tape backup for the majority of the sites, as a means for data protection. "Our users got used to being able to retrieve historical data, so when we decided to virtualize our environment, we needed a VM backup solution that we could manage centrally and still receive the level of backup and recovery that our user base was accustomed to. We wanted to have one central console where we could see an overview of all our backup jobs. We also needed to recover full VMs, files, and objects from backups. In addition, we wanted to have proper backup verification, in order to ensure that we could successfully recover from backups," says Steven Tomney, ITS Infrastructure Team Leader at Ideal Standard.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication was discovered by Steven, when he was researching online about the newest virtual backup solutions. "For each site that has a server, we deployed NAKIVO Backup & Replication as a pre-configured virtual appliance and the product is backing up data to a storage that runs on QNAP. The installation of the product was easy and with the help from support, we were also able to mount QNAP NFS shares and use them as a backup repository. Moreover, with a central web interface, we are able to achieve a 360 view of the entire operations from a single pane of glass," says Steven.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs forever-incremental, image-based backup of VMware VMs. "We back up our virtual environment every day and keep recovery points for 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 months, and 3 years. The initial full backup that takes into account all available data for one site took approximately 4 hours to complete. With Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology, subsequent backup jobs finish in up to 20 minutes because only changed data gets transferred to the backup repository. With global data deduplication, we also saved storage space on QNAP by 30%," says Steven.
"If to compare NAKIVO’s VM backup and our previous approach of backing up to tape, we definitely increased backup performance. The majority of the weekend was required to perform a successful initial full backup to tape and incremental backup during the working week took several hours to complete. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we managed to reduce our backup window by at least 80%," says Steven.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication's instant file recovery and instant object recovery for Microsoft Active Directory, Ideal Standard can instantly search and recover files and access Active Directory objects from compressed and deduplicated VMware VMs backups. "We like instant file recovery and the ease of mounting virtual drives and then accessing them. We can search for files and folders, select them, and then receive them by email or just download them. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we are also able to see Active Directory containers and objects and recover them in the same way," says Steven. The screenshot verification feature provides a peace of mind that backups are consistent, so that full VMs, files, and objects can be definitely recovered.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication managed to shorten the backup window by 80% and save storage space on QNAP by 30% for Ideal Standard, in comparison to the previous approach of backing up to tape. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, Ideal Standard can reliably backup VMware VMs and operate the software from a single pane of glass. Moreover, the company can now near-instantly recover full VMs, files, and Active Directory objects directly from VMware VM backups. "With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we not only managed to save a significant number of hours on operating and managing backups, but also saved thousands on maintenance and moving from a traditional backup method to virtual backup. In the past, we were not able to quickly recover files and objects, but now it is great to have near-instant recovery available at just a couple of clicks," says Steven.
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About Ideal Standard
For more than 100 years, Ideal Standard (idealstandard.com) has shaped the sanitary industry with leading innovation. The company is uniquely positioned with deep-rooted engineering and manufacturing expertise in the ceramics, as well as in the taps and fittings product categories, providing high-quality residential, commercial, and healthcare bathroom solutions. The company’s products are sold under strong international and local brands such as Ideal Standard, Armitage Shanks (UK), Porcher (France), Ceramica Dolomite (Italy), and Vidima (Eastern Europe). Ideal Standard is making its mission to serve professionals with water expertise and investing heavily in new products and ways of working, with a full pipeline of innovation ahead.
NAKIVO (nakivo.com) is a US corporation founded in 2012. NAKIVO develops a fast, reliable, and affordable data protection solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments. Over 10,000 companies are using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their data more efficiently and cost-effectively, while over 180 hosting, managed, and cloud service providers are using NAKIVO’s software to deliver VM BaaS and DRaaS to their customers. NAKIVO has a global presence with over 2,300 channel partners in 124 countries worldwide.