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Handel Architects Saves 50% on Backup Costs with NAKIVO







Handel Architects Saves 50% on Backup Costs with NAKIVO

February 11, 2019 - NAKIVO Inc., a fast-growing software company for protecting virtualized and cloud environments, has announced today that Handel Architects has selected NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect their VMware environment.

Handel Architects is an architecture, interior design, and planning firm headquartered in New York City. Handel Architects is involved with projects across North America, South America, the Middle East, and Asia; with more than 150 architects, interior designers, planners, and support staff from offices in New York City, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi. The firm has gained national and international recognition for work such as the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City, the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, the Pacific in San Francisco, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington DC’s Georgetown neighborhood.

Handel Architects’ IT infrastructure is virtualized on VMware, and includes multiple VMware VMs that store file servers such as graphic 3D rendering files, various architectural and modelling systems, an accounting server, as well as domain controllers. The work that is produced by the architects and staff at Handel Architects is labor intensive in terms of the skill and difficulty levels; thus, if there is ever a mistake or an error in their work, the company requires the ability to capture and pull back that data, rather than having to recreate the data from scratch. Moreover, the company’s work is billed by the hour, in this way if a disaster occurs and their IT infrastructure becomes unavailable, the firm risks losing project work, and may lose the extra hours that would be required to recreate that work. For this reason, having a reliable VM backup system that can provide full VM backup and quick recovery is essential for the company.

In the past, Handel Architects protected their VMware environment with two products, one was for disaster recovery, and the other was for daily backups. The first product was extremely expensive and slow. The firm was replicating data from their main office to their secondary location; however, if anything were to have happened to their main office, the product would not have been able to transfer the data from the secondary location back to the main office in a timely manner (due to the graphic files being so large). The second product used for daily backups was being discontinued, thus the company decided to look for a software that would be able to provide them with both VM backup and replication in one product. “We wanted to leverage our existing hardware, as we already had an actual storage device - our Synology NAS. In addition, I wanted a product that was not too complicated, just something simple to use that did not need my constant management. Lastly, cost was of course an important factor as well,” says Paul Cheng, IT Manager, at Handel Architects.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a reliable VM backup solution that was designed specifically for virtualized environments, and provides both VM backup as well as VM replication functionality. Moreover, the product integrates seamlessly with multiple Synology NAS models, enabling customers to create a high-performance VM backup appliance. Lastly, not only does NAKIVO Backup & Replication provide performance and functionality, the solution also offers flexibility, as well of ease of access and management. “What I appreciate about NAKIVO Backup & Replication is that you can do almost everything on your own, including the installation, as well as all subsequent updates. In terms of integration with our Synology NAS box, we can now use the server not only for our data storage purposes, but also as a backup hardware,” says Paul.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on a Synology NAS provides Handel Architects with reliable VM backup, ease of use and management, as well as storage space savings. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the company can schedule backups on a daily/weekly basis, and keep recovery points on a monthly/yearly basis. With global data deduplication and compression, Handel Architects also attained storage space savings of 30%. Lastly, the product's ease-of-use, achieved through the simple web interface, provides the much needed ease of access and management for Paul. “The previous product was a pain in terms of storage space allocation, while NAKIVO Backup & Replication takes care of the storage space automatically, so I do not have to do a thing in that regard. In terms of cost savings, we saved at least 50% of our money by switching to NAKIVO Backup & Replication. We not only saved money, but also achieved a new level of reliability and comfort when it comes to backing up our file servers and VMs,” says Paul.

Nakivo Backup&Replication is available in UK through Simple IT Distribution LTD, Nakivo Partner in UK, along with professional services.


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