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Global company tackles VM backup

Maximising data availability and achieving data reduction of 90 percent.

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is using Quantum DXi® deduplication with Veeam® availability solutions for dramatic data reduction results and greater availability in its virtual machine environment. The combined solution has significantly lowered backup application costs, achieved 90 percent data reduction and cut backup times in half. Quantum is a Premier Technology Alliance partner with Veeam, and the success RFS has experienced illustrates how the two companies collaborate to provide simplified virtual data backup solutions that deliver high performance and maximise production system availability while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Cutting backup times and reducing the Data Centre footprint

RFS is a global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist with 1,800 employees working in seven factories and research and development centres in five countries, and it relies on a highly virtualised environment to cut hardware costs and energy use. The company’s Hanover, Germany, facility backs up CIFS data and VMware storage, which is growing by 10 to 20 percent annually. Nearly 85 percent of its infrastructure is virtualised, with a goal of hitting 95 percent, making a reliable backup solution particularly vital. Looking to save time and reduce disk space used, the RFS Hanover IT team sought a new redundant backup and replication solution for its virtual environment. The team also wanted an inexpensive system incorporating the latest technologies that would be easy to manage.

A potent combination for protecting VMs: Veeam and Quantum DXi

RFS selected Veeam Backup & Replication™ software for its ESX operations, gaining convenience and reliability. This solution gave the Hanover facility fast and flexible recovery while bringing backup and replication together into a single system. It also offered recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes, meeting the stringent recovery requirements of tier-1 applications.

RFS chose a Quantum DXi4700 deduplication appliance for backup. The DXi4700 line of deduplication appliances — powered by StorNext 5, a streaming file system with policy-based tiering software — is designed to accelerate storage workflows for remote sites. RFS was impressed by Quantum’s patented variable-length deduplication technology, which delivers 30:1 data deduplication rates. In addition, the DXi4700 can scale up to 137TB via capacity-on-demand to address RFS’s future backup needs and is the only appliance offering a direct link to move older backups to tape.


Falko Schmudlach, IT infrastructure administrator, RFS, comments: “Since early 2015, when RFS first tied Veeam Backup & Replication with Quantum’s tiered storage solution, the facility has cut backup application costs, reduced backup windows and improved utilisation rates of production VMs.The combination has proven to be an easy and powerful way to protect our VMware vSphere environment.”
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