INDUSTRY: Investment Management

ABOUT THE COMPANY:

Company Z is an Abu Dhabi-listed investment management company with a diversified and balance portfolio of local and international assets that delivers sustainable income and long-term value creation to its stakeholders.

The company operates in a wide variety of sectors that include public securities and credit markets, healthcare, industrial real estate, infrastructure, energy, financial services, travel and fintech.

CHALLENGES

  • Customer had mailboxes, OneDrive data, Teams data on M365 with no strategy in place for backup of Office 365 data.
  • Customer did not have enough storage on-premises to cater to the target repository requirements.
  • Customer wanted to do away with traditional/legacy backup solutions of tapes and embrace a modern cloud-based backup solution for O365 data
  • Microsoft doesn’t backup Office 365 data that consists of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams and hence is customer’s responsibility to address this.
  • Customer could not directly integrate VBO to ExaGrid storage as the VBO solution can backup O365 data to Azure or on-premises NAS/SAN/DAS.
  • Customer was looking for a solution that will address economies of scale, storage scalability and hence evaluated the pros and cons of multiple solutions.
  • Customer wanted to recover O365 items such as single emails.
  • Customer wanted to recover at a granular level quickly and simply.
  • Customer wanted to protect the company Office 365 data from accidental deletion, security threats and retention policy gaps
  • Customer wanted to quickly recover individual Office 365 email, files and sites with flexibility.

SOLUTIONS

  • Solution presented to the customer is Veeam Backup for Office 365 with backup repository as Azure blob storage with the backup/proxy server as an Azure IaaS VM configured in a new Azure CSP subscription of customer’s existing M365 tenant.
  • Sizing was done using the VBO calculator and considering the desired retention and growth rate for mailboxes and other O365 workloads.
  • The results of the sizing exercise was used to right-size and architect the VBO Azure VM and underlying cache and blob storage repositories.
  • Veeam Backup for Office 365 was configured to backup Exchange Online mailboxes, OneDrive and SharePoint sites.

OUTCOME

  • With Veeam Backup for Office 365, the customer’s Office 365 data is protected and backed up with retention policies configured.
  • Customer was able to begin the public cloud journey with a cloud-first strategy for a cloud-based backup solution to address growth and scalability which can expand to host more workloads at a later stage
  • The solution helped reduce backup infrastructure cost over time.
  • The solution improved recovery time – Faster backup and recovery window.
  • The solution reduced Recovery Time Objectives with flexibility to recover at a granular level.
  • Improve the confidence in the backups with improved reliability
  • The customer was able to adhere to compliance and regulatory requirements for backup data of O365 critical workloads.
  • Helped eliminate the risk of losing access and control over Office 365 data.

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