While we are discussing digital rest periods and rest day regulations in Germany, more and more globally positioned services and businesses are operating in 24/7 mode. They call themselves “Always on Enterprises”. Whether the human psyche and physique can keep up with this pace unharmed is a matter for debate. For companies that want to survive in a globalized world, however, the principle of constant accessibility and availability of services and solutions is an absolute must.


When it comes to their applications and web applications, our customers are faced with the balancing act of offering agile and flexible services while maintaining the highest levels of availability at the same time. One of the most successful IT architectures to help manage this balancing act is FlexPod, developed by NetApp and Cisco. Supplemented with solutions from data backup provider Veeam, it becomes the perfect combination to master all possible failure scenarios.

Disaster control with the FlexPod Veeam team

If we look at the retail sector, for example, it quickly becomes apparent how important a 24/7 service is across the entire value chain. It starts with the supply chain, which is now under extreme time pressure with demand analysis, logistical control and inventory turnover. At the same time, analytical concepts for pricing and buyer behavior require real-time implementation. A data loss or prolonged system failure would therefore be a disaster scenario.


This can be avoided with the Flexpod-Veeam solution. It enables agentless, application-consistent snapshots and provides an unprecedented level of data protection into integrated cloud scenarios. The capabilities of NetApp ONTAP ensure uninterrupted operation even in the event of the greatest threats and glitches – even in the clouds of global vendors such as Google, AWS, and Microsoft Azure.


With the combination of Veeam and FlexPod the following advantages can be used:

  • High-speed recovery option: Easily recover individual objects or entire virtual machines (VMs) automatically with NetApp Snapshot, SnapMirror, and SnapVault features.
  • Fast, application-consistent recovery points are created using the NetApp ONTAP storage operating system.
  • Automatic creation of additional, secondary backups from NetApp SnapVault reduces the risk of data loss.
  • The “Verified Recoverability” guarantees the recoverability of every file, application and VM, for which the functionality of backups is automatically checked in the background.

Many other FlexPod features, such as validated designs, automation, adaptability, and application spectrum, also belong on the list of advantages. These aspects are highlighted in part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the FlexPod success story.


Recently, IDC confirmed that the partnership between NetApp and Veeam well on track: The findings of a security-focused study show that organizations using Veeam Availability Suite in conjunction with NetApp Data Fabric can deliver a ROI of 286% over five years, saving an average of $31,642 per year and 100 users. It also reduces costs associated with downtime by up to 89% and increases efficiency for backup and recovery teams by up to 56%.

Hermann Wedlich