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Albireo Energy Breaks from Veeam to Protect Data in the Cloud and Cut Costs in Half

Today’s organizations are increasingly suffering from data sprawl, a phenomenon where data is saved, stored, and backed up across a variety of different mediums, making it difficult for IT departments to manage. As a result, data can be susceptible to loss from accidental deletion or ransomware infection, or incur ever-increasing expenses as organizations subscribe to a growing number of vendors’ plans to manage this data. 

The best bet for keeping data safe, secure, and always available is a single, comprehensive SaaS-based data protection solution that follows best practices — to enable the company to support new initiatives without fear of losing its data. SaaS backup and data protection remove the need for hardware to install, software to update and monitor, and day-to-day management. This frees teams to focus on higher-value initiatives while providing a consolidated and simplified look at their backups from a secure console. 

Cloud-based solutions are, in general, less accessible to ransomware and other threats than on-premises solutions and come with some inherent advantages. SaaS-based data protection can scale up or down on demand as an organization’s needs change, and pricing based on usage enables costs up to 50% less in many cases.

Druva facilitates a speedy ransomware recovery for Albireo Energy

Albireo Energy, a worldwide provider of building technology solutions, recently found this to be the case as its IT team sought to deploy cloud data protection for hybrid infrastructure across 25 locations. The team recognized the importance and capabilities of the cloud and looked to minimize sprawl and complexity. 

This was no simple feat as the team kept critical data across a variety of mediums, including Splunk, Tenable, and SQL. These cloud workloads were backed up through a managed service provider (MSP), while on-premises workloads were either backed by Veeam or not at all — leaving file services, NAS, applications, and databases across physical and virtual infrastructure open to ransomware infection. 

Corporate Infrastructure Manager Dennis Dahlin began seeking the ideal data protection vendor, one that could protect all key workloads under an easy-to-manage, 100% SaaS-based approach. He was referred to Druva through a partner and, after a successful POC, deployed the Druva Data Resiliency Cloud across the IT environment. 

Not long after it deployed Druva, Albireo Energy was hit by the Conti ransomware attack. The attack took place on a Thursday evening and by Friday morning Dahlin and the company knew the ransomware had gotten in via email. Their first step was to shut down the local cloud environment and restore from a certain date and time. Dahlin and his team then began to restore the on-premises Druva environment.

“Because of Druva, we were able to recover quickly and confidently. We had about 80% of our hybrid workload servers up and running within three days (1 business day) of being hit by Conti ransomware,” said Dahlin. All on-premises servers were back up and running by Monday following collaboration with Druva’s support team. 

Solving for data sprawl with 100% SaaS-based data protection

In addition to facilitating a smooth ransomware recovery, Dahlin has noted the advantages of Druva in a number of other key areas and claims management processes are now about 95% more efficient than with Veeam, at a 50% reduced cost as well as easier to set up. “Depending on whether or not we’ve got an on-premises NAS server, with Druva all we need to do is deploy a proxy server in any of our virtual environments and it’s off and running backups. We can scale up or down with a couple clicks of a mouse and that’s exactly what I was looking for,” Dahlin said.

What’s next?

Eliminating costs and complexity from onsite hardware, software maintenance, stranded storage capacity, and administrative overhead, Druva improved storage efficiency with 2.2x global deduplication across all on-premises source data.

Read the Albireo Energy case study to learn more.