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[July 13, 2014]

Veeam Enables High-Speed Recovery and Data Loss Avoidance for ARGAS [Mid-East.Info]

(Mid-East.Info Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ARGAS Reduces Storages Budget by 50% after Deploying Veeam Backup & Replication veeamDubai, UAE: The Arabian Geophysical and Surveying Company (ARGAS), has reduced its storage budget by up to 50 % with space savings and operational costs decrease after the company implemented the system from Veeam® Software, innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™. ARGAS  was suffering from slow and disruptive backup and recovery process  that  didn`t deliver functionality necessary for always-on business when Veeam provided a reliable solution meeting the company's recovery time objectives (RTOs).


ARGAS was one of the first companies in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia to virtualize its entire IT infrastructure on Microsoft Hyper-V. Approximately 55 virtual machines (VMs) run every critical application. ARGAS needed to replace its back-up and recover its Hyper-V environment quickly and reliably on its Windows server and so the company deployed Veeam Backup & Replication, part of Veeam Availability Suite v8. ARGAS had been backing-up VMs to disk manually and the process was time-consuming, meaning that VMs were only backed up on a quarterly basis. In addition the back-ups were large and consumed a tremendous amount of storage space.

"First and foremost we needed a fast and reliable solution," says Ameer Hussain, IT Manager at ARGAS. "We also needed built-in de-duplication and compression to reduce the size of our back-ups, and we needed something fast so we could back up all our VMs in one day, without shutting down servers. Our interconnected and global business environment does not allow for downtime or data loss so we needed applications available to all our staff every minute of the day." The Veeam deployment targeted ARGAS's pain points by offering high-speed recovery within RTOs and providing data loss avoidance for streamlined disaster recovery. Using proactive monitoring and alerting tools Veeam provided complete visibility, having improved ARGAS`s risk awareness. Prior to the deployment backup tools required hours of monitoring and troubleshooting each day, but now ARGAS spends a few minutes each morning checking Veeam reports before focusing on other tasks.

"It was the only solution to support Hyper-V in Microsoft Windows Server 2012," said Nouf Al-Dossary, Marketing Executive at FutureTech Solutions, Gold Veeam ProPartner. "Deploying Veeam gives ARGAS a safe and secure backup process that eliminates the issue of server restarts. Veeam is also fast. The first full backup of a massive Microsoft Exchange server took fewer than 20 minutes.When the IT team combined data deduplication in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with data deduplication and compression in Veeam, backups required approximately 150% less storage space." "We anticipate that this space saving will reduce our storage costs by up to 50 percent each year. Before Veeam, it took us two hours to back-up four VMs but with Veeam it takes us four hours to back up 55 VMs. Recovery with Veeam is much faster too; restoring a deleted email takes about three minutes. Data loss avoidance is possible with Veeam. Before, restoring a deleted email could take up to 30 minutes. Now we can meet our RTOs," adds Hussain.

Being one of the most innovative companies in Middle East, ARGAS places a strong emphasis on keeping up with the current IT trends to meet the demands of modern business. ARGAS requires assurance that the VM running its ERP is backed up and recovered, in addition to having a fast and reliable solution to meet the company's rising demands to stay connected. Understanding this gap in availability, Veeam implemented its solution to address specific problems experienced by ARGAS, hence to enable the Always-On-Business.

About Veeam Software: Veeam® enables the Always-On Business™ by providing solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™, which provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for the majority of applications and data. Veeam recognizes the challenges in keeping a business up and running at all times and addresses them with solutions that provide high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified protection, risk mitigation and complete visibility. Veeam Backup & Replication™ leverages technologies that enable the modern data center, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, NetApp storage, and HP 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual Storage, to help organizations meet RTPOs, save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs. Veeam Availability Suite™ provides all of the benefits and features of Veeam Backup & Replication along with advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for the backup infrastructure. Veeam Management Pack™ extends Microsoft System Center monitoring to enterprise vSphere environments and also offers monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure. The Veeam Cloud Provider Program (VCP) offers flexible monthly and perpetual licensing to meet the needs of hosting, managed service and cloud service providers. VCP currently has more than 4,500 service provider partners worldwide. Monthly rental is available in more than 70 countries from more than 50 Veeam aggregators.

Founded in 2006, Veeam currently has 25,000 ProPartners and more than 101,000 customers worldwide. Veeam's global headquarters are located in Baar, Switzerland, and the company has offices throughout the world.

About ARGAS: The Arabian Geophysical and Surveying Company (ARGAS) was established on 13 January  1966 as a Limited Liability Partnership between the Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) which owns 51% of the shares and Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (now CGG) which owns the remaining 49%.

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