Virtualisation Firm Veeam Wins Contract With Gateshead NHS Trust

As a first step into virtualisation, the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has deployed a back-up and recovery system offered by Veeam.

Gateshead NHS Trust revealed that the company had implemented Veeam’s Backup & Replication v5 platform that will allow it to test, back-up and recover its virtualised environment, CBR reports.

The NHS trust was previously using tape-based back-up technology which was not optimised for virtual environments.

Jon Potts, infrastructure manager at Gateshead Primary Care Trust said in a statement that since they had deployed the technology, the restore time has been reduced from two hours to 15 minutes.

Potts also revealed that system downtime during back-ups has been significantly reduced and all the back-ups have been successful.

The trust said that it expects the deployment of Veeam’s back-up and replication platform on its entire IT infrastructure by September.

"Like any other public sector body in the current climate, we are under pressure to reduce costs without affecting service," said Potts. "Virtualising our IT infrastructure has proved a vital step in allowing us to keep costs down while maintaining the levels of service a foundation trust requires," he added.