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The autonomous driving sector is a fast-growing industry – and extremely competitive. The market was valued at over $22 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach over $75 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 22.75% during that time. In an effort to capitalize on market growth and retain their competitive advantage, software developer Zenseact – a company that originated from Volvo Cars and Zenuity – decided to make some big changes.  

Zenseact is in the business of developing software, tools and methodology from a safety-first mindset. Their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and next-generation Autonomous Drive (AD) features for consumer vehicles enhance vehicles across eleven brands. But change is constant in this industry and to keep pace, efficiency is essential. 

To that end, Zenseact decided to move from using virtual machines (VMs) for software development to a containerized environment. While VMs require frequent and time-consuming updates and patches, containers enable dynamic resource allocation, which helps to accelerate development and delivery speeds. They also reduce overhead and enable teams to better handle workload spikes.  

Having adopted Kubernetes as the container orchestration platform, the team at Zenseact knew that implementing a reliable cloud native backup and recovery solution was the logical next step. 

Kasten K10 Is “Capability, Stable and Reliable” 

After evaluating multiple solutions, the team at Zenseact settled on Kasten K10 by Veeam, a purpose-built solution for Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery that would help the team overcome many of the challenges of Day 2 operations. Easy to use, scalable and secure, Kasten K10 integrates with relational and NoSQL databases as well as all major Kubernetes distributions, and runs in any cloud to provide freedom of choice. Key features include application centricity, policy-driven management, observability, and exchange extensibility. 

According to Johan Jansson, Scrum Master and Service Owner, Zenseact, Kasten K10 was the most capable, stable and reliable solution among all the products they evaluated. “Kasten K10 includes many features out of the box that we would have had to build ourselves, if we had chosen another option,” he said. 

Backing Up K8s Applications Is No Longer a Bottleneck 

Zenseact deployed Kasten K10 across 60 nodes, with about 1.5 petabytes of NVME-based storage. The company’s team of 500 developers now use the solution to perform automatic backups for every project. Kasten K10 works in conjunction with Red Hat Ansible Tower to provide self-service features, allowing developers to select from predefined backup policies whenever they set up a new project, thereby automating and simplifying backup management and execution. As a result, since implementing Kasten K10, Jansson’s team saves about 150 hours per month on backup management – time that can be reallocated toward developing innovative software products and features, while ensuring that adequate data protection is baked in from the onset as new projects are kicked off. 

“With Kasten K10 by Veeam, the IT team is no longer a bottleneck when it comes to backups,” said Jansson. “The time we’re saving will contribute to shorter time-to-market, and policy automation will cut the risk of a data-loss incident delaying our product development process.”  

Read the full case study here. You can also read how other organizations are using Kasten K10 for backup and recovery of Kubernetes data and applications.    

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