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October 5, 2011

Flybe implements Veeam’s backup & recovery tool

Virtualisation Backup & Recovery Tool allows domestic airline to maintain constant service on e-Commerce site, says company

By CBR Staff Writer

Europe’s regional airline Flybe has implemented Veeam Backup & Replication v5 offering from Veeam Software, a provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management offerings.

Flybe expects the new tool to help the company move to a fully virtualisation-based IT infrastructure.

Veeam said that by using the software to backup and recover its virtual machines Flybe will ensure that the e-commerce site www.flybe.com which they support, is kept operational with minimal downtime.

Veeam Backup & Replication is also being used to protect virtual machines housing vital internal applications such as email and digital maintenance manuals for Flybe’s fleet of aircraft, said the company.

Flybe began its move to virtualisation in March 2010. It has the intention of making its infrastructure almost entirely virtual.

Flybe virtualisation and server specialist James Richards said that with thousands of reservations on an average weekday, it’s no understatement to say that the e-commerce site is the lifeblood of the airline’s business.

Richards said, "Any disruption of that service represents a potential loss of revenue. At the same time, we cannot afford disruption to our internal infrastructure. The move to virtualisation was already improving the efficiency of our underlying infrastructure. With Veeam we now have greater confidence in the reliability of our virtual estate."

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"Veeam has really helped our virtualisation project take off," continued James Richards.

"Previously, we didn’t have the confidence that our virtual servers would survive any incidents. Now we can be sure that any disruption is limited to minutes rather than hours or even days. As we move closer to an almost completely virtual IT infrastructure, having peace of mind in its ability to recover from any setbacks is crucial. Indeed, we are now in the situation where we can fully restore a machine and users will never be any the wiser."

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