How Canadian Cancer Society Found the Right BDR Solution

Nov 19, 2015

How Canadian Cancer Society Found the Right BDR Solution

BY Katie Thornton

“Part of good governance in IT is that, you’re not backing up data for the sake of backing up, you’re backing up for the sake of recovery.” - Auldwin Armstrong, Senior IT Manager at Canadian Cancer Society

Do companies need backup? Absolutely. Is backup alone enough to support a business? Absolutely not. After all, disasters, whether from mother nature or human error, happen every day. How you prepare can mean the difference between business as usual and costly downtime.

For Senior IT Manager Auldwin Armstrong of Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), finding a backup and disaster recovery solution became imperative. CCS is a national, community-based organization of volunteers with the mission of eradicating cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Armstrong has worked for the Society for over ten years, watching the IT department grow quickly alongside the expanding organization. With such fast-paced growth came new challenges for the IT team. For Armstrong, a major challenge was proving to the Leadership Team that the organization would survive a data disaster. Without a DR solution in place, “I could not pass my audits. I couldn’t show that they were being backed up.”

As a donor-driven organization, Canadian Cancer Society needed a backup and recovery solution that wouldn’t break the bank. Every $5 spent on the company is the equivalent of ten doors being knocked on for donations. The less administrative costs, the more money goes towards CCS’s mission.

For challenges such as these, CCS has worked with Sysoft Computer Consultants Limited, a Toronto-based managed IT service provider, for nearly a decade. Armstrong learned about Datto’s backup, recovery and business continuity solutions from Sysoft’s Scott Weingust who had successfully implemented the solution at CCS’s National office. For Weingust, switching the Society over to Datto was a no-brainer. Armstrong requested a demo and the rest is history.

Datto is good fit for CCS for many reasons.“The Datto solution fell nicely in line with what we wanted to do but could not afford to do,” says Armstrong. It provides the team with the ability to do operational backups locally and to perform disaster recovery backups by replicating in the cloud. They no longer have to spin up a secondary contract with another vendor in order to perform DR. Armstrong is also happy with the 1-year data retention policy.

“What I really liked about Datto was that it wasn’t just a box for me to be able to do my operational backups, it came with cloud storage, which is a big piece of it for us. The cloud as a destination has been a big direction for us.”

Another perk? “The box that we’re backing up on is not the same storage area network that my production data is on is also a big win. I do not like to backup to the same location that I’m protecting. Datto just happened to be the perfect fit for us,” Armstrong said.

The IT Manager has been so happy with Datto that he advocated for it to be implemented at the Society’s BC division, CCS’s third largest group.

To learn more about how Canadian Cancer Society successfully implemented Datto to protect their data and business, read the full case study.

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