Southern Housing Group , one of Southern England's largest housing associations, recognised that it needed to put in place more robust IT disaster recovery arrangements to enable the organisation to withstand disruption and continue providing vital services to its 66,000 residents. It faced the dilemma whether to build an in-house data centre or choose an outsourced solution.
As an existing Workplace Recovery customer, SunGard Availability Services was the logical place for Robert Wood to start when looking for an IT partner. Its Recover2Cloud for Server Replication service, designed for business-critical applications, would enable the Group to meet its Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of 4 hours and a 15 minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
“We avoided the capital expenditure of approximately £¼ million for the design and build of an in-house DR solution by opting for SunGard’s Recover2Cloud service.” Robert Wood, head of IT operations, Southern Housing Group
“The implementation ran very smoothly; nothing was too much trouble for the SunGard team even when it involved working unsociable hours (evenings and weekends).”
Robert Wood predicts the Group, in the long-term, may move to an Infrastructure as a Service solution and sees Recover2Cloud as a good way of “dipping their toes in the water.”
SunGard services deployed:
· Recover2Cloud for Server Replication
· Workplace Recovery.
You can read Southern Housing Group's full story here.