As an independent company, Thekking has the flexibility to choose and recommend best of breed technology, both for its own hosting platform and on behalf of the customers it services. Its infrastructure consisted of Cisco + NetApp FlexPod at both data center sites, supporting a large VMware environment as well as physical hosts.
Standardizing on VMware for virtualization and implementing a robust solution for protecting virtual machines was critical for Thekking. Veeam software manages the backup of virtual machines to local storage, and a Veeam copy job ensures that data is secured offsite for disaster recovery purposes. It is critical for Thekking to conduct daily backups, that are stored onsite, for quick recovery, while copy jobs for longer retention needs be placed on some sort of secondary storage.
As a blogger, local VMUG leader and vExpert, Marteinn is always on the lookout for new technologies that can simplify his operations, improve his SLAs and improve Thekking’s competitive offering.
With business growing, the team needed its storage at both the main site of Kopavogur and the secondary site of Akureyri to scale accordingly. The challenge was to determine if the economics would be compelling enough to displace its current storage targets, and improve its de-duplication rates beyond what was provided by Veeam.