SEP: Empowering Organisations with an'SEP Protected Future'
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Georg Moosreiner, CEO
“A company without backup is like a car without a seat belt!”
At a time when mission-critical data fuels the speed of today’s businesses, it is more critical than ever for organisations of all sizes to have backup and disaster recovery plans. However, choosing from the sea of vendors is where the rubber meets the road. With the dawn of GDPR, while businesses are focused on developing a compliance culture and citizens are becoming more aware of their rights, conjectures about compliance and personal privacy continue to cloud enterprises. Despite GDPR mandating a disaster recovery plan in place and the ability to restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner, the need for an effective backup and recovery solution—a crucial element for compliance—often fall through the cracks. On the other hand, amid increasingly diverse requirements for backup/recovery solutions, enterprises, in many cases, dismiss the full implementation and incorporation of GDPR into the concept of a backup solution. Besides compliance, factors such as heterogeneity of environments, an increase of virtualisation platforms, logical failures like ransomware attacks, business-critical applications and different deployment scenarios for the cloud to cloud applications intensify the need for not just availability but also backup.
Set against this complex backdrop, SEP is changing the narrative. The backup and recovery software vendor for virtual and physical environments, for on-premise and cloud, SEP reliably takes care of thousands of customers from small to large enterprises. “With a vision to empower organisations with a ‘SEP protected future,’ we enable them to protect what they have achieved, free their mind and focus on their future. We take care of their data so that they can focus on their business and their future development,” says Georg Moosreiner, CEO, SEP.
Drawing on its over 25 years of rich experience in the development of backup software solutions coupled with the excellence of German products and an attractive price-performance ratio, SEP has built a backup solution—SEP sesam—specifically for heterogeneous IT infrastructures. Keeping up with the evolution of hybrid backup, SEP sesam supports all virtualisation platforms, operating systems, databases and applications on physical computers, as well as in virtualised environments.
With a vision to empower organisations with a ‘SEP protected future,’ we enable them to protect what they have achieved, free their mind and focus on their future
The hybrid backup solution currently protects nine hypervisors and a market-leading portfolio of operating systems, applications, groupware and databases based on a variety of processor architectures from Intel to IBM Z. Fostering a close partnership with HPE, SEP—certified for HPE environments—provides StoreOnce support as NAS or VTL and deep Catalyst integration. In addition, SEP offers its Cloud Application Protection Services (CAPS) to enable backup and restoration of cloud applications. With SEP CAPS, the users of varied cloud applications such as Office 365, G Suite, Salesforce, and Microsoft Dynamics, can now secure their cloud environment, automatically.
SEP’s solutions offer safety for different compliance regulations, including GDPR. From encryption of backups on backup media, data stream and communication, to cross-site data protection and automatic migration or copying of backup data to different backup media, SEP uses various technical approaches to help companies meet their legal requirements. Besides backing up data on various levels, SEP sesam also enables scheduled and automatic restore on standby systems to verify backups which can also be used for audits or documentation. In this crucial juncture, when there is a massive surge in virus and ransomware attacks, in addition to spiralling human errors and natural disasters, SEP sesam and its Bare-Metal Recovery solution are consistently preventing data loss and restoring the different business environment, while ensuring its clients’ legal safety. From the security standpoint, the clients’ data backup is legally secured, and network security is enabled in firewall environments by restricting communication and data transport to a few dedicated ports.
SEP’s comprehensive support matrix reflects the way it enables consistent protection and quick restoration across all heterogeneous IT environments. Evidently, this message perpetually reverberates through their motto: “We support the systems no one else can.”
SEP’s elite clientele includes The SAP University Competence Center (UCC), which provides Education as a Service (EaaS) for teaching, research, and co-innovation, and has its largest facility in Magdeburg, Germany. The SAP UCC Magdeburg excels in providing hosting and support services to over 500 national and international educational institutions. In an instance, the organisation was looking for a new backup solution that could cover their requirements comprising more than 500 SAP instances, SAP HANA, NetWeaver on DB2, NetWeaver on MaxDB, MSSQL, VMware, and HPE Catalyst StoreOnce. To address their need, SEP stepped in to equip the client with the entire range of aforesaid applications under one roof, and, to that end, support the entire SAP solution stack with its single, centrally managed SEP sesam. “After an intensive test phase, we were 100 percent satisfied and convinced that SEP is the optimal backup solution for our SAP environments. In addition, we have never experienced such a personal and interactive collaboration with an infrastructure software services company,” says André Faustmann, Head of IT, SAP UCC Magdeburg.
SEP sesam is also capable of supporting Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), in addition to Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), to ensure Business Continuity (BC)—an aspect gaining focus as the demand for availability and access to data continues to grow. In the event of a disaster, RTOs ensure fast and consistent recovery of data and systems. Moving ahead, SEP would continue to develop and enhance its capabilities in the backup and recovery space. “In addition to the customer-orientated development of the product, we are investing in the know-how and qualification of our team and partners so that we can continue to improve our solutions and services and reach an optimal customer experience,” concludes Moosreiner.