City of Williamsburg Recovery-as-a-Service Case Study
Williamsburg, founded as the capital of the Virginia Colony in 1699, is a city with deep historical roots. One of America’s first planned cities, it quickly grew to be the center of political, religious, economic and social life in Virginia. Today, Williamsburg is known internationally as the premier center for the preservation and interpretation of American colonial history: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; and as the home of the nation’s premier small public university: The College of William and Mary.
Information Technology Director Mark Barham is responsible for supporting the city’s mission to “provide exceptional information technology systems and service to our customers, both internal and external, that supports the mission and vision of the City of Williamsburg and to do so in an efficient and cost-effective manner.” For this vision to become a reality, the IT department is tasked with providing the right technology solutions and disaster recovery and business continuity initiatives. In its way, however, was a legacy infrastructure comprised of Symantec Backup Exec 2012 for local backup of data that was then sent to a Storage Area Network (SAN) connected two miles away at another facility.
When plans were made to retire the SAN in favor of a solution with offsite data protection that was not located so close to the main office, Barham started to look at cloud solutions.