When Flood Strikes, Datto Delivers Disaster Recovery

When Flood Strikes, Datto Delivers Disaster Recovery

By Chris Brunau

In the wake of the 2016 Louisiana flooding, thousands of homes and small businesses were affected. Amid the 10-day span, a state of emergency was declared, and medical services were in high demand. During this time, Advanced Office Systems (AOS), a Baton Rouge-based Managed Service Provider (MSP), played an integral role in keeping a pediatric clinic running.

In August 2016, Fred Self, Senior Technical Consultant at AOS, awoke to find his front yard submerged in water. He soon learned his client’s office, a local pediatric clinic that sees 100+ patients a day, was under two feet of water. All power and IT connections were out. With the expected uptick in the need for medical services due to the severe flood, his client needed access to patient data to write prescriptions and access medical records.

Self immediately was in contact his master MSP, Collabrance LLC. Collabrance partners with IT vendors, like Datto, and helps IT resellers grow profitable in their managed services business. Collabrance offers MSPs the best solutions with U.S.-based support and a vetted technology stack for their partner’s target customers. The MSPs Collabrance works with are paired with strategic business advisors who serve as subject matter experts behind managed IT solutions to ensure success.

Prior to the flooding, Collabrance had equipped AOS with a Datto SIRIS 3 to back up the physical servers in the clinic. The SIRIS 3 performs automated backups and offers the ability to spin up servers in seconds without the need for additional tools.The servers and the SIRIS 3 were elevated within the pediatric clinic, so no water had reached them. However, Self was concerned about the impact to these devices from intense humidity and elevated temperatures.

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