Milhaus moved to a new corporate headquarters early last year, which included a new server room. “We totally restructure the infrastructure for the business,” says Werner.
As part of the IT review, Werner set out to offer better protection to Milhaus’s telecommunications, archives and accounting services. In the past, Milhaus had file-level cloud backup, but there were no recovery provisions for its servers. “If a server were removed, we would have had to rebuild the server from scratch, which could take days,” says Werner. “We needed to be able to recover much faster than that.”
Creating an infrastructure that could handle growth, managing the number of people was the first step. The second step was disaster recovery. They needed a real backup, and a real way to bring these things that did not require rebuilding systems from scratch.
Network services also extend beyond the corporate headquarters. It varies from property to property, but Milhaus could offer high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, TV and home automation services to the residents of its luxury apartments. “We build our own networks in the buildings, through the buildings, up to the units, basically, we buy the bulk pipeline and distribute it to the units,” says Werner. “You move, and on the first day you have high-speed internet based on fiber optics.”
Move to the cloud
Flexibility, affordability and access to specialized knowledge are driving interest in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), particularly among small and medium enterprises, and adoption has grown steadily in recent years. According to the Forrester research firm, 40% of companies have already adopted the DRaaS company , and another 24% plan to do so.
In December, Milhaus had its first planned test of the disaster recovery environment. In a couple of clicks the server is running to login. A few months later, Milhaus had an unplanned test, thanks to a beam that caused significant damage to the network.
While the technicians worked on the site to see if they could restore or replace the IT equipment, Werner came to the online technology: “We got into the Zerto-based portal with them, and all the servers came up, just like in the Test, in a matter of minutes. “In the end, Werner got the main services from Milhaus, in particular his VoIP telephony services, Online without making a complete failover.” I did not want to go ahead and make the DNS changesat that moment. But everything stood up and worked perfectly as it should have in case of a disaster. “Looking to the future, Werner intends to move some of the company’s most critical services to a highly available cloud environment, and obviously we can not isolate lightning and things like that enough.”