D ata growth and malware are two facts of corporate life that extend to every corner of global commerce, including dairy providers. A dairy cooperative with 820 local farms, Maites Laitiers du Cotentin (MLC) is best known as a provider of ultra-fresh milk. They also offer a wide range of products including its specialties, crème fraiche and Normandy cream throughout France, the EU and even China. However, behind the bucolic images of cows in the French countryside, MLC is a global company that generates an enormous volume of data which must be protected.

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In order to keep track of inventory, monitor production and manage complex business operations such as payroll, HR and the service activities of the subsidiaries for distribution, MLC has established state of the art data management and IT services, with about 98% of the company’s 120+ servers virtualized. This approach has significant implications for backup and data protection, and MLC was challenged to keep pace with data volumes rising 25% annually. In addition, the company had become the target of increasingly frequent malware attacks. While they were happy with their Veeam data mover’s ability to protect their data, they wanted a backup hardware solution that worked with Veeam to embed its Veeam Data Mover Service (VDMS) within the appliance, enabling Veeam to write data to the appliance without using a NAS interface, rendering the storage invisible to malware and safe from ransomware attacks.

To determine the optimal deduplication appliance certified for their Veeam environment, MLC conducted a rigorous set of tests, pitting Quantum DXi against competitor Exagrid. The appliances take fundamentally different approaches to deduplicating data, and achieved substantially different results with identical data sets. When both units replicated new data from a 224-GB backup at one location to an appliance at the other, the Exagrid system sent 21.7 GB of data—a 10:1 reduction— while the DXi’s virtual appliance sent only 1.4 GB—a 159:1 deduplication rate.

“Thanks to the combination of DXi appliances and Veeam software, we are backing up more data in less time, replicating backups over our existing WAN, able to restore files quickly, and have DR protection that safeguards our data from ransomware attacks,” noted Emmanuel Moncuit, the company’s System and Network Administrator.

The Maites Laitiers du Cotentin case study provides a great example of a company challenged to cope with the twin threats of data growth and ransomware, and emerging with a cream-of-the-crop system that stands as an example of industry best practices.

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