Law firm Clarion is using CloudCover® a data protection and disaster recovery (DR) solution provided by Leeds-based cloud computing specialist virtualDCS to ensure the security and availability of its IT systems.

The service uses virtualDCS’s Local Replication Appliance (LRA) to produce a real-time carbon copy of Clarion’s servers, including its operating system, data and applications, so that in the event of server failure, data can be quickly and efficiently retrieved and applications such as email can be back up and running within minutes.

Nigel Stott, IT director at Clarion, said: “The IT services team at Clarion places a huge emphasis on our ability to provide round the clock access to IT systems for lawyers. We felt confident that virtualDCS not only understood our business and our disaster recovery needs but also provided an innovative, flexible and cost-effective DR solution.

“The key benefit of this solution is the ability by which it allows us to make available critical business applications again shortly after any kind of systems failure.”

virtualDCS was established in 2008 by Richard May, John Murray and Dan Nichols who were previously architects of the hosting services business for a FTSE-listed IT services provider. They formed virtualDCS to give clarity to cloud computing by confidently delivering robust services underpinned by outstanding levels of client care.

Richard May, director of virtualDCS, commented: “Because it deals with highly sensitive information, Clarion required a secure and responsive solution for its data protection and DR needs.

“We have provided the firm with a solution that drives down costs while safeguarding its business-critical information.”

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