The hype about cloud service models is overwhelming — so much information has been published and still companies are unsure how to take advantage of this delivery option. Rather than run down a list of benefits, the best and simplest way to show the capabilities and positive gains of cloud computing is to take a look at a real-world cloud scenario involving remote backup.
This international provider of payment processing solutions services approximately 3,500 financial institutions across six different continents. But with a limited internal IT department, the business found it harder and harder to meet the increasing IT demands of their financial institution customers.
As a financial services provider, the business is required to maintain strict data protection standards for the backup and recovery of user information. Unfortunately, the business was faced with severe data management growing pains as a result of corporate-driven expansion. And because of the critical, confidential nature of the data, the business needed to do something fast to accommodate growth trends and regulatory compliance.
Increased IT demands negatively impacted current processes by straining already overloaded resources, plus compromising data security and the ability to fully meet regulatory compliance. Specifically, the company needed to streamline remote server backup activities and simplify the data recovery process in order to alleviate the pressure placed on IT and satisfy industry regulations. Spiraling out-of-control IT costs were also an issue.
Consonus employed a cloud-based solution that encompassed a more centralized structure; a fully automated approach to accommodate growth, meet industry compliance standards, and ease the burden on IT. Consonus Remote Backup Service™ (RBS™) was the ideal solution to address all of the company’s requirements.
Consonus RBS is an alternative to traditional backup methods, replacing conventional solutions with a fully-automated cloud option. As a result, the company experienced immediate benefits that included:
- 77% cost reduction in backup and recovery contracts
- A projected savings of $450K on IT expenses over the next three years
- Scalability and flexibility that adapts to the fluctuating needs of the business
- Secure information that is protected to the highest industry standards at a Consonus SAS70 Type II audited data center
- Improved performance and optimized efficiency
- Decreased strain on internal IT department and existing IT assets
- Full control over all data
This cloud implementation has proven to be so reliable and cost-effective that the company became one of the first channel partners to join with Consonus in providing RBS to their own financial customers. Now the company’s IT department can focus on core strengths and revenue-generating activities as the business continues to thrive and meet future data management demands.