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Clean cloud solution for Lush

by Geny Caloisi
British bath and beauty products innovator Lush has managed to cuts backup costs while also ensuring data protection and future scalability by using Iland’s Secure Cloud Platform.

Lush has selected iland Secure Cloud Backup for Veeam Cloud Connect for data security, cost savings and scalability to aid business growth.

The cosmetics retailer, founded in 1995, is headquartered in Poole, United Kingdom, and operates 951 retail locations across 49 countries. Lush is well known for its devotion to fresh, effective, ethically sourced, cruelty-free, vegetarian, handmade and low-waste products.

Brad Candy, head of IT at Lush Digital, found it essential to re-evaluate its backup needs. The company and its data are growing at a rapid pace. While Lush did have a solution in place, it was becoming increasingly costly to maintain and required the use of different third-party technologies. Intending to lower costs and standardise around Veeam, which Lush was already using on-premises, Candy began looking into alternatives on the market.

With Iland Secure Cloud Backup for Veeam Cloud Connect, Lush got a fully integrated, secure solution for no compromise, data protection, all managed through a unified console. It also came at a fifth of the cost as their existing solution.

“iland blows everyone away. I don’t know what they do, but there is some magic going on in the background that keeps costs down and the quality up,” said Candy. “From my point of view, iland Secure Cloud Backup met all the criteria we had in mind for an enterprise-level, scalable solution.”

While Candy’s initial goal was to find a cost-effective, like-for-like solution, he soon noticed several added benefits beyond the standard protection against data loss events like malicious or accidental deletions, hardware failures and cybercrime. For example, his team now has access to iland’s unified management platform that allows monitoring, controlling, and visibility into their environments. iland also provides dedicated on-boarding and 24/7/365 support along with committed account managers.

“The combination of iland and Veeam checked a lot of the boxes for us,” said Candy. “Looking into cloud-based backup initially started as a cost-saving exercise, but the functionality of iland’s solution and its ease of use made it a no-brainer.”

“Cloud backup solutions that are easy and cost-effective have never been more important for growing businesses, especially those with strict IT budgets and increased data availability needs,” said Johnny Carpenter, iland vice president of sales for EMEA. “The ‘magic’ of iland is our ability to work with customers, understand their needs and then offer the best possible solutions, support and price point. Our goal is to continue helping Lush in this manner, providing the security and flexibility it needs to scale and lay a foundation for future cloud strategy. Lush has long thrived in an industry that rewards ingenuity and adaptability — characteristics that are vital to success and make for great partnerships. We look forward to what the future holds.”

For over 20 years, Lush has been driven by an ethos of creativity and innovation, from its fizzing bath bombs and shower jellies to its commitment to fresh ingredients and the fight against animal testing to its customer-driven mobile app. It’s no surprise, then, that this mentality extended to Candy’s search for a cloud backup solution.

“We want to approach our IT strategy the same way we, as a business, approach everything else,” said Candy. “We want all the traditional IT services that allow a modern company to function, but we also must maintain our ability to be flexible and agile enough to create all the new products, smells, and wonderful things we do.”

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