How To Take BDR To The Next Level

Jan 13, 2016

How To Take BDR To The Next Level

BY Chris Brunau

For Johnson Level & Tool to remain an industry leader in manufacturing levels & construction measuring tools for over 60 years, it’s not only their product that has to be top-notch. Thanks to their IT Systems Administrator, Matthew Fex, their enterprise-grade IT environment is on the same level.

One major pain point for Fex was the process of recovering files when employees accidentally deleted them, which was becoming a regular occurrence. “There were more than a couple times when someone would come up to me and say, ‘I accidentally deleted this file off the file server two weeks ago.’ I’d have to explain to them that, unfortunately, you’re not going to get that back,” says Fex.

The company’s previous solution relied on an aging tape-drive system, which made recoveries difficult. Not only did the correct tape have to be found and mounted, but if the data had been deleted more than seven days prior, you were out of luck. “This, coupled with the fact that our only off-site storage was a lunchbox taken home nightly with yesterday’s tape, led me to look at more modern solutions,” says Fex.

Fex came across Datto, who partnered the company with Invenio IT, a NYC-based IT services company specializing in data protection and disaster recovery. “Invenio IT dove into what we needed out of a backup and BDR solution rather than trying to fit our business into the confines of an off-the-shelf system,” says Fex. After evaluating the manufacturing company’s needs, Invenio IT proposed upgrading from Tape/RDX with BackupExec to the Datto SIRIS 2.

“Before Datto, I had to go through this entire line process. Now, whenever I get the call that a file has gone missing, I know that I can have it back on the job quickly without any headaches. It’s simple, it takes minutes, and I don’t have to go anywhere or go through any difficult processes.” Datto has improved the company’s process for backing up.

For more on how Datto has helped Johnson Level & Tool protect their business, read the full success story.

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