Gadens Lawyers adopts IBM’s SmartCloud Virtual Server Recovery Solution

Australian legal provider deploys outsourced server recovery solution to ensure availability of mission-critical data and IT systems

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Sydney, Australia - 01 Jun 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gadens Lawyers Brisbane has selected IBM’s SmartCloud Virtual Server Recovery (VSR) solution to ensure the recoverability of its data and technology systems in the event of a disaster.

Gadens Lawyers, one of Australia’s top 10 legal service providers, selected IBM SmartCloud Virtualised Server Recovery solution because of its flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency.

IBM SmartCloud Virtualised Server Recovery enables clients to recover virtualised or non-virtualised servers on a virtualised cloud infrastructure at a secure, hardened IBM recovery centre.

Gadens Lawyers has grown significantly in the past two years –and as a result the Brisbane business will be relocating to new premises in 2012. Gadens’ IT department saw the move as an opportunity to refresh its disaster recovery technology.

The deployment of IBM’s SmartCloud Virtualised Server Recovery is the first step in a total business continuity plan refresh that Gadens Lawyers is conducting.

“We reviewed three different server recovery solutions - one in-house solution and two outsourced – and IBM’s solution was the most flexible and able to meet our specific requirements,” said Owen Hile, IT Director of Gadens Lawyers Brisbane. 

IBM SmartCloud Virtualised Server Recovery enables Gadens to back up its servers to an IBM managed environment. In the event of a disaster, IBM is able to restore Gadens’ systems to a virtualised environment on IBM infrastructure.

“We required access to physical server hosts to manage and provision virtual servers as required. With our evolving production environment we needed to ensure optimal utilisation of physical hosts and cost effectiveness.

“IBM’s solution was exactly what we needed. Other vendors only offered virtual servers without the physical host access - their solutions were pre-determined and couldn’t be adapted to suit our business,” said Hile.

Gadens Brisbane’s host equipment resides in an IBM data centre located in a different state to the company’s data centre, providing an additional layer of safety and recoverability in the event of a disaster.

According to Hile, the decision to partner with IBM was an obvious one based on a long-term and successful partnership.

“We have been an IBM client for more than 10 years and have a trusted relationship with them. Their server recovery solution was very competitively priced and the pay-as-you-go pricing suited us – there was no big upfront cost,” said Hile.

“We are delighted to work with Gadens Lawyers and provide them superior recovery reliability through the use of scalable cloud technologies and robust IBM infrastructure,” said Samuel Nader, National Sales Executive, Business Continuity and Resiliency Solutions, IBM Australia.

“The continuity of critical IT services underpinning key business and administrative functions remains a paramount concern for IT and management executives across all market sectors.

”Recent natural disasters in the region have brought to light the importance of a relevant, referenced and reliable business continuity plan, proven through regular testing,” said Nader.

“IBM SmartCloud Virtualised Server Recovery is an enterprise grade solution enabling Australian businesses to meet all levels of recovery objectives including near zero critical recovery times and points through built in replication and remote access via an IBM secure Web Portal.

”The solution is a global IBM initiative and part of a suite of IBM Business Continuity and Resilience Services designed specifically to help Australian businesses maintain the availability of critical data, IT systems and business processes in the event of a disaster.”

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