Consultative approach leads to solid continuity strategy for a non-profit

Overview

The client is the oldest and largest national non-profit legal organization working for civil rights. They specialize in litigation, education, and public policy. As a non-profit organization, they do not charge for legal representation or advocacy, and they receive no government funding. They rely on contributions from supporters around the country.

Challenge

This New York-based non-profit legal organization with five offices across the U.S. was considering ways to make their IT infrastructure less location dependent. Subsequently they were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. In the aftermath, the firm’s Manhattan offices suffered severe flood damage, knocking out access to vital organizational records and communications for weeks.

Their onsite server resided at their physical headquarters in New York but the outage impacted all of their offices – from Chicago to L.A. and Dallas to Atlanta.

It was clear the firm needed an alternative to the onsite server. They settled on a solution that could keep the entire organization up and running from coast to coast and protect valuable data.

Solution

Essextec proposed a secure IBM SoftLayer® cloud platform as a solution, essentially harnessing the cloud as the organization’s co-location. It wasn’t exactly what the organization had in mind when they issued the call for the RFP. It was better.

SoftLayer provided the firm with a secure production environment that allowed its environment to have consistent and reliable access to systems and databases. This cloud-based solution offered the flexibility to quickly grow with the firm’s needs. A deeper look at the firm’s unique circumstances involved requesting a network diagram that would help to develop a better solution – something no other potential partners asked to see.

Results

Essextec saved the client significant money on what they initially thought their costs would be. SoftLayer also saved the client in physical storage space. Today, this non-profit legal organization has a more resilient data environment that enables them to maintain business continuity across the country — no matter what Mother Nature might have in store. Now they don’t have to worry that any of their offices won’t have access to data. They have peace of mind.

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