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City of Fort Lauderdale Selects Veeam

To protect vs. impacts of weather events and cyberattacks while reducing data recovery time by 95%

Veeam Software, Inc. announced that the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL, has deployed its Data Platform and its Backup for Microsoft 365 to enable high-speed recovery of vital data anywhere in the city’s hybrid cloud infrastructure.

City Of Fort Lauderdale Selects Veeam

With Veeam, the city has reduced recovery time by 95%, providing secure, flexible protection of data vs. cyberattacks and natural disasters.

In security landscape, organizations face the challenge of trying to keep operations up and running, while also fending off ransomware attacks. Over the past 12 months, 76% of organizations were attacked at least once and 26% of those reported being attacked at least 4x1. Facing additional risks of data center outages from severe weather events along Florida’s coast, the city implemented Data Platform Premium Edition and Backup for Microsoft 365 to upgrade the performance of its backup solutions.

If only we had deployed Veeam citywide before the historic flash flood in 2023,” said Tamecka McKay, CIO, City of Fort Lauderdale. “More than 25 inches of rain fell within 5 hours, so we lost power in one of the data centers. Power wasn’t expected to resume for 2 days, so we spent hours rerouting network connectivity to bring up systems supporting city services. Veeam would have restored our backups from Azure Blob in minutes, and many city services would have been restored in a shorter time frame.

Backup for Microsoft 365 operates in the cloud, allowing users to securely backup Office 365 to any location, whether that be on-premises or in cloud object storage, including locations like Amazon S3, Azure Blob, IBM Cloud or S3 compatible providers. In this case, it allowed Veeam to backup 8.5TB of on-premises data to ExaGrid appliances and made backup copies immutable in Azure Blob.

To further support the city, Veeam will backup its data in Microsoft 365 to Azure Blob because reliable restore is critical for the city. For example, granular recovery of historical emails will ensure the city maintains legal compliance with Florida’s Sunshine Law and recovering SharePoint will ensure the city’s intranet is always available.

Along with meeting the city’s requirements for secure, flexible data protection, Veeam helped the city standardize, modernize and centralize its DR and future BC efforts plans.

There’s a saying that you shouldn’t let a good crisis go to waste, so we didn’t,” McKay said. “The catastrophic flood we experienced affirmed our decision that Veeam is the best solution for taking DR and BC to the next level.

Veeam solutions also enabled Fort Lauderdale to meet its cybersecurity insurance requirements with encryption and immutability. They delivered cyber resiliency through recovery verification, instant recovery at scale, infection-free recovery, inline malware detection and DR orchestration.

At Veeam, we understand how keeping municipal services up and running is paramount, especially in the event of a debilitating power outage or cyberattack,” said Shiva Pillay, GM and SVP of Americas, Veeam. “We’re proud that Veeam’s backup and DR solutions have helped the City of Fort Lauderdale properly protect its data and get systems restored after any emergency.

Case study: City of Fort Lauderdale fights hurricanes, floods and cyberattacks with Veeam

Registration is open for the 10th annual VeeamON event, taking place June 3-5, 2024, at the Diplomat Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL and online. Register now for a limited-time 10-year anniversary rate.

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