Cabot Square Capital Ensures Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Data Replication with SteelEye’s LifeKeeper for Exchange
Leading provider of investment capital Cabot Square Capital implemented SteelEye Technology’s LifeKeeper for Exchange to provide disaster recovery, data replication. They wanted to protect its all-important Exchange server from damaging downtime.
The company relies on Microsoft Exchange for its messaging and communication needs. Its IT administrators face the tasks of ensuring corporate resilience for critical applications and servers. It has to ensure business continuity, disaster recovery, data replication protection as well.
Enhancing Business Continuity
Cabot Square Capital were introduced to Open Minds, a distributor of LifeKeeper from SteelEye Technology. They were shown how SteelEye’s LifeKeeper for Exchange solution provided the disaster recovery, data replication protection needed.
Jay Derrett, Associate Director of IT of Cabot Square Capital, said: “As part of Cabot Square Capital’s ongoing reinforcement of its business procedures and infrastructure, our business continuity has been further enhanced in light of the heightened security threat to the UK. Our own strict criteria for full data replication and availability of IT have been addressed via the successful implementation of SteelEye’s LifeKeeper by Open Minds.”
LifeKeeper has plenty of advantages. It is proven to protect servers and applications. It uses the existing local area network and a ‘Hot Backup’ server, rather than requiring an expensive wide area connection to another site. This enabled Cabot Square Capital to put LifeKeeper through full testing before going to the expense of equipping a disaster recovery site and installing connectivity between the two. SteelEye’s LifeKeeper was able to consistently provide recovery in less than 5 minutes.
Once testing was complete and the concept proven, Cabot Square Capital’s IT managers procured a suitable remote site and the necessary wide area connectivity.
Derrett commented: “Despite the complex technical nature of the infrastructure, this project was completed on time, on budget and on specification. We continually test and monitor the LifeKeeper solution. Till now, we have yet to find fault in it. This gives Cabot Square Capital a high degree of confidence in our business continuity plan.”
LifeKeeper for Exchange now gives the company the ability to mirror Exchange data between the Mayfair site and its new disaster recovery site located in London’s Docklands. Among the other features that impressed Cabot Square Capital is the capability to pause and restart the mirror, creating a backup window. This way, system maintenance and backups could be performed.
Reliable, Simple And Cost-Effective Solution To Meet Disaster Recovery Requirements
At Cabot Square, the whole business depends on a functioning email system. Downtime of the Exchange servers reduces productivity and costs money.
Derrett expanded: “We see protection of our Exchange servers with LifeKeeper as playing a key part in the development of resilience within the company’s infrastructure.”
“The level of service and general helpfulness of Open Minds and SteelEye influenced our decision. The assistance we received from SteelEye to resolve issues was beyond the normal call of duty.”
“Overall, LifeKeeper has fostered a sense of reliability that has enabled staff to be more at ease with the email systems.”
Shobana Patel, of Open Minds, said LifeKeeper is a reliable, simple and cost-effective solution to the disaster recovery requirements of today’s organisations. SteelEye went the extra mile to make sure the customer was happy.
John Banfield, EMEA Director, SteelEye Technology, Inc., said: “In today’s business environments, there is little room for errors. That includes losing communications with colleagues, markets, partners, suppliers or customers. When so much of that communication is done by email, it makes enormous sense to protect the email system. With LifeKeeper for Exchange, we enable companies to do exactly that in a cost-effective way.”
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