Sales Hotline: 1-800-691-1991 8am - 8pm ET
English

R'Club

Veeam and iland Take Care of 24.7.365 Availability So R’Club Can Take Care of First Responders’ Children in Florida

Company:

R’Club is a leading not-for-profit child care provider in Tampa Bay, Florida. Serving more than 4,000 infants, preschool, elementary and middle school children in 47 locations, R’Club provides high-quality, accessible and affordable learning and development programs that strengthen children, families and their communities. R’Club was established in 1976 and employs 400 people.

Challenge:

Florida has withstood more direct hurricane strikes than any other state in the nation. When a hurricane hits, first responders act fast. While they serve the community, someone has to care for their children, and that’s what R’Club does best. To stay operational during times of crisis, R’Club’s IT systems must be fully functioning. Slow recovery of IT systems put R’Club at risk of staying operational. That was a risk R’Club could not take.

Results:

  • Provides first comprehensive DR strategy
  • Delivers a new level of business continuity
  • Saves money and delivers 24.7.365 Availability

The Business Challenge

Florida knows hurricanes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 69 hurricanes have hit Florida since recordkeeping began. Six of the nine most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history made landfall in Florida.

Hurricane season lasts half the year for Floridians—from June through November. When first responders drop everything to help during hurricane season, someone has to take care of their children. In Tampa Bay, many of their children go to R’Club Child Care, Inc.

R’Club fosters the healthy development of children by focusing on the four Rs: respect, responsibility, resourcefulness and responsiveness. Responsiveness extends to R’Club’s IT infrastructure too.

“We can’t operate our child care centers without fully responding IT,” said Michael Brunner, IT Coordinator for R’Club. “When we’re called on to step up during a natural disaster, our IT systems cannot fail. If they do fail, we can’t stay operational, and we fail to serve our first responders, their children and our community.”

To keep IT systems running 24.7.365—even during a hurricane—R’Club deployed Veeam® Availability Suite™ on site for fast backup and recovery. A network-attached storage (NAS) device transferred backup copies off site to a service provider. If R’Club’s data center was swept away by a hurricane, the service provider could restore data through Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS).

In theory, R’Club’s plan was solid. In practice, transferring backup copies to the service provider was error-prone, making recovery unreliable. It might take hours or days to restore critical IT systems, and R’Club couldn’t take that risk. R’Club had made a commitment to take care of first responders’ children so they can take care of the community.

“One of our most critical systems is email,” Brunner said. “If email fails and we can’t recover it quickly from a backup, staying in touch with parents and staff becomes a major issue. Email must be available 24.7.365, especially during a hurricane.” R’Club followed the example set by first responders: Act fast.

The Veeam Solution

R’Club didn’t have to look far to find a solution. Veeam offers a fast, secure and reliable way to back up, replicate and restore from the cloud. It’s called Veeam Cloud Connect, and it lets Veeam customers point their backups or replicas to a service provider’s cloud.

R’Club chose iland, a well-respected platinum Veeam cloud service provider and an expert in disaster recovery (DR).

Using the Veeam console, R’Club replicates virtual machines (VMs) supporting critical IT systems to iland’s secure cloud. If a hurricane destroys R’Club’s data center, iland will trigger a failover so R’Club can access critical IT systems in minutes.

“Veeam and iland help us honor our commitment to first responders by delivering 24.7.365 Availability of our IT systems, enabling us to stay open in a crisis and care for first responders’ children,” Brunner said.

R’Club considered mimicking its previous setup (transferring backup copies offsite) but decided replication was the better route. Replication enables DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS), letting iland restore R’Club’s IT systems quickly, including email.

Transferring backups offsite enables BaaS, which recovers data. That’s why it took so long for R’Club to recover IT systems with its previous setup. R’Club had to restore data and systems manually.

“Veeam and iland provide us with our first all-inclusive DR strategy,” Brunner said. “Plus, periodic DR tests give us confidence we can recover quickly in a real disaster. We’ve never had this level of business continuity before.”

Veeam and iland provide R’Club with an additional benefit: They save money. Veeam Cloud Connect requires no additional charge or licensing and iland’s pricing includes ongoing storage costs but no CPU or memory fees until a failover occurs.

“As a non-profit organization, we don’t have funds to spare,” Brunner said. “We prefer to invest our resources in our programs and in our community. Veeam and iland help us do that by giving us a more cost-effective DR plan and a new level of business continuity.”

The Results

  • Provides first comprehensive DR strategy
    R’Club uses Veeam to back up and recover critical IT systems in its data center. If R’Club’s data center is swept away by a hurricane, iland will recover IT systems quickly from its cloud so R’Club can remain operational and care for the children of first responders.
  • Delivers a new level of business continuity
    Before Veeam and iland, R’Club spent hours or days recovering critical IT systems. Now recovery is fast and easy, keeping R’Club up and running in a crisis.
  • Saves money and delivers 24.7.365 Availability
    Not only is the new DR strategy more cost-effective, R’Club can count on 24.7.365 Availability of IT systems for the first time.
R'Club
Please rate how helpful this article was to you:
4.8 out of 5 based on 7 ratings
Thank you for helping us improve!
An error occurred during voting. Please try again later.