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How to achieve near zero RPOs: Why Smyths Toys love our solution

Having a Disaster Recovery Solution reduces the risk of costly employee downtime and “Business Standstill.”

Don’t just take our word for it… Here is what one of our clients had to say about our Disaster Recovery solution at a recent Event.

Smyths Toys – Siobhan O’Toole.

We recently hosted a Disaster Recovery event in Dublin, in association with our Technology Partner Zerto.

Doris brings Disaster – but all is calm with vCloud.ie and Zerto – “Masters of DR”

First to speak was Siobhan O’Toole, Systems and Network Administrator at Smyth’s Toys, family owned Toys superstore and client of vCloud.ie.

Siobhan, who kindly travelled from Smyths Toys HQ in Mervue, Galway, outlined the companies journey in choosing their DR provider. Smyths has grown steadily since its inception in 1985, with over 100 stores in Ireland and the UK. This growth continues with 15% planned increase in its Superstores and 25% growth in online business for 2017.

With such growth comes huge dependency and reliance on IT Hardware and Applications. This poses its own challenges. Four years ago the company did not have a Disaster Recovery Plan nor did they have any on-site expertise to design or implement a DR strategy.

In 2013 they put out a tender for a DR Solution. Siobhan explained why they choose vCloud.ie as their DR Provider. “vCloud.ie understood our IT challenges and requirements from the very start. It was not a sales exercise – it was more a technical journey”. 

Siobhan added  “vCloud.ie helped us to navigate through the business challenges. To non IT people, DR is a nice to have insurance policy but for us in IT this is a must have”. “vCloud.ie gave us the confidence that our data size and rate of change concerns could be achieved”

Zerto – near zero RPO. When considering a DR product, Zerto won out over other products in the marketplace simply because it met one of the biggest business challenges of getting the lowest possible RPO for the best value on investment.

Siobhan went on to demonstrate the ease of set-up and management of Zerto and could not emphasize enough how simple it was to manage, perform non-disruptive DR testing and simple failover and failback protection.

Siobhan concluded by outlining the benefits of the vCloud.ie DR Solution;

  • Seamless Implementation – No impact on existing environments and no impact to production systems.
  • Management – Simple to use interface
  • Ability to test and validate. Frequent failover testing. Auto generated Zerto recovery report.
  • Sandbox testing of updates on production systems that have no test environments.
  • Controlled recovery. VPG’s & pre-configured boot order allows for ease of recovery. Controlled RTO – one man operation.
  • Aggressive RPO
  • Fit for purpose enterprise class DR Solution
  • Pay-As-You-Go model – No large CapEx investment.

To learn more about this journey read the entire case study here.

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