Torrance Casting Turns to Axcient to Replace Legacy Data Protection Solutions
Torrance Casting’s Information Technology Manager, Lisa Smith is responsible for ensuring that this casting manufacturer’s IT infrastructure was up and running. Smith manages a partially virtualized environment consisting of over 200 devices including workstations, laptops and servers, and 2.5TB of data. After disappointing experiences using tape backup and another vendor for backing up to disk, Smith upgraded the company’s data protection strategy with Axcient for improved protection and cloud-based recovery giving Torrance Casting a true business continuity solution.
Replacing Tape and Disk Backup
“Prior to switching over to Axcient, Torrance Casting was backing up to disk. It didn’t provide us with the protection that we needed,” said Smith. “There were several issues that were encountered. It would bog down the network and backups weren’t completed. The snapshots that were taken would delay network traffic, and drop us down to a point where we were non-functional.”
Torrance Casting also used traditional tape backup, which provided insufficient protection. One of Smith’s concerns was that these legacy solutions did not provide any secondary or offsite protection. So in case of a disaster, such as an office fire or power outage, they did not have a disaster recovery or business continuity plan or solution.
“I needed to make sure our server for our ERP system, our domain controller, and other critical systems were safe from any sort of disaster,” said Smith. “I wanted to deploy a solution that gave our business true IT resiliency.”
Switching to the Axcient Business Recovery Cloud
After evaluating a handful of vendors, Smith was recommended to take a look at Axcient’s solution. The Axcient solution provided Smith with both local and cloud protection for physical and virtual servers, laptops and workstations.
Torrance Casting switched over to Axcient. One of the key differentiators that Axcient was able to provide was the ability to perform local and cloud failovers. Smith could rest assure knowing that if her ERP server did crash, she could quickly failover locally on the Axcient appliance and her employees could continue working. In addition, if her entire office went down, she could instantly start a virtual office and virtualize her network in the Axcient cloud.
“To put into perspective the Axcient solution, not long ago we did encounter a server outage. Our Domain Controller crashed due to an employee error,” said Smith. “We were able to easily spin up that server locally and were able to recover in no time.”
Eliminating Downtime with Axcient
To ensure that the solution is properly deployed and protecting the data and applications, Axcient provides disaster recovery testing in a sandboxed environment avoiding production interruption.,/p>
“I have been able to perform the disaster recovery testing to ensure that my IT environment is protected,” said Smith. “I plan on doing regular testing as well.”
Besides having upgraded their data protection and recovery strategy with Axcient, Torrance Casting also got better support, which is essential for a mission-critical application for disaster recovery.