Following an evaluation with competitive products, Veeam Backup & Replication will now help Gateshead Health guarantee its IT services are available 24/7 across its three sites and 2,500 users.
“Like any other public sector body in the current climate, we are under pressure to reduce costs without affecting service,” said Jon Potts, Infrastructure Manager at Gateshead Health. “Virtualising our IT infrastructure has proved a vital step in allowing us to keep costs down while maintaining the levels of service a foundation trust requires. However, this virtual infrastructure still needs to meet our own, rigorous business continuity needs. It underpins the IT of our most critical departments, such as Accident & Emergency and Pathology, which need services such as patient records and diagnostics to function 24/7. Any failure here won’t just take time: it could easily cost lives. Veeam Backup & Replication has ensured we suffer minimal downtime. It has also allowed us to test all of our backups to verify they will recover without any extra cost. This provides us with a level of resilience we never had with physical world infrastructure and backups.”
Gateshead Health currently has 80 virtualised servers in its infrastructure, together with 40 physical. The Trust is currently aiming to virtualise its entire physical IT infrastructure, in order to gain the maximum benefits and cost savings from the technology. As part of the ongoing virtualisation project, Gateshead Health wanted to upgrade its backup and recovery tools. Since its previous solution wasn’t designed specifically for virtualisation, virtual machine backup and recovery was a slow, complex process.
Gateshead Health, in collaboration with its IT Services partner SITS Group, decided that a solution designed specifically to deal with virtual machines would be the best option to guarantee the continuous operation of its virtual infrastructure. Gateshead Health went through a demo and testing process, comparing a number of products. Veeam Backup & Replication was selected as it had the best performance and usability of the three, thanks to its vPower technology. Specific points that were raised included Veeam Backup & Replication’
The extra functionality Veeam Backup & Replication provided meant it perfectly suited Gateshead Health’s future plans for its virtual environment. It is now being rolled out across the virtual infrastructure:
“We chose Veeam Backup & Replication v5 for its power, its potential and its ease of use,” said Jon Potts. “At the moment, our primary concern is rolling out Veeam Backup across our entire virtual infrastructure:
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