Cerium was using a complicated and disaggregated backup platform to protect its VMware and Microsoft 365 environments. Alex Lakey, Senior Systems Administrator at Cerium Networks, described the solution as “clunky," explaining: “It had Azure VMs to run all backups and Amazon S3 buckets to store backups in. It wasn't the most glamorous solution and it cost much more than our team was comfortable paying." The team needed to log into a virtual machine just to access its backup software.
As IT started adding up costs for backup software licensing, storage, renewals, and Azure services and storage, Zach Feingold, Cerium’s lead data center engineer, said, “We had five different bills and budget line items across four vendors." When the Cerium team took a closer look and noticed a 40% increase plus additional licenses for increased workloads, they knew they needed to reevaluate their options. Adopting a scalable, secure, and cost-effective solution became top-of-mind.
Additionally, Cerium is a significant Microsoft partner, and the team started to think about how it could better serve its clients in the SaaS space. Its clients were looking for a simple, easy to manage solution, and Cerium’s previous backup options were complex and “piecemealed” together. Clients sought SaaS-based data protection as they began to rely more on SaaS applications. One of Cerium’s services helps clients looking to migrate Microsoft applications from on-premises to Microsoft 365. Feingold and team needed a good solution to protect that data following the migration process.
“Our clients are looking for guidance on what makes the most sense from a security and efficiency standpoint — without spending more than they need," Feingold said. “And being a vendor for a lot of different clients, you see just how frequently they're getting hit with ransomware."