Safeguard data in harsh conditions
Unpredictable weather conditions; limited connectivity; sparse onsite IT resources: managing and protecting data on construction sites can be tough. “In our industry, any delay can seriously impact profitability. If people are unable to do their jobs because building plans or tech specs are not available, it’s money down the drain,” says Ryan Sinnwell, Senior IT Manager, Infrastructure, at The Weitz Company.
With Commvault, Sinnwell and his team have taken the complexity and risk out of data management. “We’ve been using Commvault to protect our data centers and remote sites since 2006. It’s never let us down,” he says. Weitz has been going strong for 164 years, making it one of the oldest construction companies in the US. Recent accomplishments include constructing the country’s largest student housing development in Texas, a four-star convention center Hilton Hotel in Iowa, and a new district courthouse for the State of Florida.
As well as dealing with the unique challenges of the construction industry, Weitz’s IT team has to cope with the same issues as any other organization, including increasingly sophisticated applications, infrastructure, and data. “We’re using more cloud-based solutions, for example Salesforce, to store and share business information. With around 100 users relying on Salesforce every day, we can’t risk losing any data,” explains Sinnwell.
With Commvault and partner, Eagle Technologies, Weitz has established a centralized data protection strategy that spans information from edge, to the data center, and in the cloud. Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery protects 180 VMware virtual servers across Weitz’ two data centers in Florida and Des Moines, as well as Salesforce, Procore, and remote construction sites.
Local backups are created remotely, then transferred to a data center. Commvault’s DASH Copy capability minimizes network bandwidth requirements by deduplicating data. The solution’s auto-discovery also means new virtual machines are automatically added to the backup.