swcomms provides Foot Anstey with rack space in their data centre to support their disaster recovery solution.
Foot Anstey has five offices across the South West, working together to offer specialist legal advice and services to regional, national and international clients. The firm is among the UK's top 100 law firms, with just under 50 partners and around 400 staff.
Disaster recovery solution
Foot Anstey hosts their primary servers in their Plymouth office in Devon which are then replicated to a second of their sites in Devon as their in-house business continuity solution. They were looking for a disaster recovery (DR) solution that would ensure they could recover from a disaster that took out both of these sites.
swcomms was able to advise and assist Foot Anstey as we have our own purpose-built data centre at Exeter to meet just these types of requirements. Our data centre was built to provide the ideal server environmental conditions with clean power, appropriate cooling, fire detection, resilient internet connectivity as well as protection from physical threats and online attacks. Our rack space is available on a full cabinet, half cabinet basis or per U basis.
Data centre rack space
We supplied a half rack to Foot Anstey for their DR equipment and also provided internet access to enable the firm to connect to their DR solution via VPN. In the event of a disaster occurring, this would give them the ability to access data and restore their IT services. Unlike many businesses, the firm has not waited until after suffering a disaster to decide to invest in a proper DR solution as is often the case. Should the servers be affected in any way at their primary or secondary site, Foot Anstey knows they can access their uncompromised data on the DR solution in our data centre.
Protecting your business from potentially devastating data loss will present you with the choice of investing in either DR or business continuity or both. How you make that choice has to be based on how long your business can cope without access to the applications and data that it normally relies on. For many companies, the main culprits for data loss are the employees who make daily calls to their IT managers looking for a document they have deleted by mistake. More devastating though is the loss of data through hardware, software or application failure.
DR helps businesses rewind the clock back to a time before the loss occurred and then retrieving the data so they can continue their work. Business continuity allows businesses to carry on working despite data loss as all the data is replicated on separate machines, so it can be accessed immediately and the end user will not notice the difference. For some businesses, a blend of DR and business continuity may be appropriate to ensure against all these eventualities.