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Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions enabling Cloud Data Management™, announced that Loomis, one of the world’s leading cash management and digital payment companies, chose Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to protect its fast-growing multi-tenant private cloud infrastructure. Veeam recovers critical IT systems in minutes and supports regulatory compliance with securities laws including the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

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Business is booming for Loomis as it expands its presence across the value chain, making it a comprehensive supplier of all forms of payment. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing company, Loomis is centralizing IT, making it more secure, flexible and efficient. The company is consolidating 28 European data centers managed by local IT teams into two global data centers in Stockholm where the head office is located.

“Our challenge was finding a backup solution offering suitable scalability, performance and cloud portability,” said Daniel Sparrman, Group CTO at Loomis. “Each data center had its own solution, but none of them met our requirements. We evaluated additional options, but only Veeam has what it takes to protect our new cutting-edge, software-defined data centers.”

In addition to providing data protection, Veeam facilitates the consolidation by replicating virtual workloads to the new data centers. When the consolidation is complete, Veeam will back up approximately 2,000 VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs) to Dell Unity.

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“Backup is critical, but recovery is even more critical in our industry,” Sparrman said. “One of our competitors had an outage that lasted four days, and they lost roughly 20% of their customers. We never want to be in that situation.”

Veeam helps Loomis avoid downtime by offering high-speed recovery features that were missing in legacy solutions such as SureBackup® (verifies recoverability), Instant VM Recovery® (recovers in minutes) and Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft SQL Server (recovers individual items in SQL, which supports most IT systems).

“We’re so impressed with Veeam Backup & Replication that we’re deploying Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 as well,” said Jean-Michel Blanc, Group Head of IT Infrastructure at Loomis. “We don’t want to lose access and control of historical data as we transition to Office 365, and we want flexibility to restore mailboxes on-premises from Microsoft’s cloud.”

Veeam eliminates the risk of losing total access and control of Office 365, helping Loomis comply with regulations like ESMA. Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange offers advanced search capabilities and flexible restore options to perform eDiscovery of Office 365 archives.

“We’re a publicly traded company, so we comply with securities laws in countries where we do business,” Blanc said. “If we’re required to provide emails containing communication about a company we’re acquiring, Veeam helps us find and restore them fast.”

Blanc said another benefit of using Veeam is the 24.7.365 technical support.

“Veeam is very customer-oriented and always willing to help us solve issues and think through new processes,” he explained. “For example, our IT infrastructure currently resides in a private cloud, but we may move to a hybrid cloud in the future. Veeam’s cloud portability will enable us to do that, and if we have questions along the way, we know the technical team will support us.”

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