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Elenia Keeps the Power Always On with Rubrik
Tuesday 29 August 2017
Elenia is the second largest electricity distribution company in Finland, supplying household, corporate, and public sector customers in over 100 municipalities throughout Finland. Antti Laakso, IT Specialist at Elenia, discusses how his team leverages Rubrik for time-saving backup management and instant recovery of mission-critical systems.
Tell me about your role and the IT environment at Elenia.
Elenia supplies power and heat to 420,000 residential, industrial, and community customers in Finland. We are leading the smart electricity networks field by integrating power distribution and data systems into a smart electricity distribution grid to provide real-time information.
At Elenia, I am responsible for managing VMware backups and storage. Currently, we protect about 400 VMs with Rubrik in a fully-virtualized environment. An eight-person IT team supports approximately 400 employees, as well as our entire customer base.
What challenges were you experiencing with your previous solution?
Prior to Rubrik, we relied on multiple legacy solutions, which was increasingly complex and time-consuming to manage. If the business wanted tight RTOs and RPOs, it would have been tough to meet them. It could take one day to restore a mission-critical system, which negatively impacted our business.
Additionally, there were times when backups failed or we couldn’t restore from our backups. It wasn’t reliable. The system also did not index data, so we had to know which specific machine a file was on to restore it. If we didn’t know, it was impossible to recover that file.