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Berner Group

Ideal solution for e-mail archiving with Veritas Enterprise Vault and iCAS

As a trading company, the Berner group faced a rapid growth of e-mails which needed to be archived according to legal standards. With the combination of iCAS and Veritas Enterprise Vault, the Berner Group has found the ideal solution to this challenge.

The success at a glance

Perfect integration into the virtual system environment
Reduced system load of the mail server databases
Easy integration with Veritas Enterprise Vault
Increased cost efficiency and flexibility
The company

A family business meets the digital transformation

The company at a glance:
  • Company: Berner Group
  • Industry: Wholesale in construction, automotive, and industrial sector
  • Employees: about 9,000
  • Portfolio: 230,000 products
  • Locations: in over 25 countries

Besides focusing on its diverse sales force, the family-managed European trading company also concentrates on managing its strongly growing online service. At the headquarters in Künzelsau, the Berner Group’s IT department conducts the archiving of the connected exchange systems with about 4,400 e-mail accounts. The company was in need of a solution for audit-proof e-mail archiving. The archive back-end should work smoothly with Veritas Enterprise Vault.

The challenge

A double challenge posed by a twofold requirement

„For reasons of legal compliance, it had to be ensured that data were archived long-term and audit-proof. We have quickly focused on the software solution Veritas Enterprise Vault because the combination with a Windows storage system and the iCAS solution has provided us with an overall satisfactory solution.“

Michael Rudnik
IT system administrator at the Berner Group

As the exchange database had reached its capacity limit, it was essential to discharge the system. Besides the reduction of the exchange database’s system load, another challenge posed by the data protection officer and the company’s internal audit department was to archive all e-mails in an audit-proof manner. Additionally, the software solution was required to be fully operable on virtual servers. This was the aim of the IT department, as the Berner Group operates a high proportion of its systems in virtualized form. Thus, a legally compliant integrated solution consisting of suitable archiving and storage solutions was sought in order to handle the company's growing volume of e-mails on a permanent basis.

The solution

Simultaneous implementation of the double solution

In order to meet all requirements, Enterprise Vault in combination with iCAS was reinstalled at the Berner Group in 2011. The solution with iCAS offered not only the possibility of a complete virtualization of the system but also other decisive advantages for the Berner Group:

  • The scalability of the solution makes the archive size and performance dimension dynamically scalable and thus more economical
  • The iCAS self-healing feature eliminates the need for additional data integrity monitoring
  • Usability and handling of iCAS are very simple
  • Very good support with excellent response times through iTernity Support


The aim of the IT department is to make the virtualized platform standardized for the entire Berner Group in the future.

„Based on our many years of experience with iCAS, I would choose this solution again at any time, and I can fully recommend iCAS.“


Michael Rudnik
IT system administrator at the Berner Group

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