Flybe supports virtual infrastructure with Veeam software

Veeam Software, a provider of data protection, disaster recovery and management solutions for virtual datacentre environments, has implemented its Veeam Backup & Replication v5 at Flybe to enable the airline’s move to a fully virtualisation-based IT infrastructure.

By using the software to backup and recover its virtual machines, Flybe will ensure that its e-commerce website is kept operational with minimal downtime. Veeam Backup & Replication is also being used to protect virtual machines housing vital internal applications such as e-mail and digital maintenance manuals for Flybe’s fleet of aircraft.

“With thousands of reservations on an average weekday, it’s no understatement to say that the e-commerce site is the lifeblood of our business,” explained James Richards, virtualisation and server specialist at Flybe. “Any disruption 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.”

Flybe began its move to virtualisation in March 2010: the physical architecture that formed the base for both its internal IT and e-commerce site was in need of a refresh and, after reviewing the options, the company decided that a virtual infrastructure offered far more benefits. These included reduced power use, floor space and heat emissions as well as the flexibility to provision new machines as appropriate. With the help of its service provider partner Softcat, Flybe virtualised those servers responsible for hosting and running its e-commerce site first. These were followed by some of its internal application servers in December 2010. It has the intention of making its infrastructure almost entirely virtual.

Since implementing Veeam Backup & Replication, Flybe has seen a great improvement in its backup and recovery capabilities.

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