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Summary Data: From personal insurance to business insurance, Shoff Darby strives
to tailor your insurance to meet your needs.
From personal insurance to business insurance, we strive to tailor your insurance
to meet your needs. Our agency is dedicated to meeting the insurance needs of emerging
businesses with specialties in Technology Insurance and Entertainment Insurance.
Shoff Darby had several end-of-life servers and a need to ensure that their critical
business applications remained in production during any considered update to their
infrastructure. Due to document imaging using PDF’s, which increased the amount
of data being stored, storage capacity of the existing infrastructure was limited
necessitating an increase in their capacity with room for future growth. Due to
the nature and importance of the data stored in structured and unstructured locations,
simplifying and improving backup and recovery methods was critical to any solution.
Another serious consideration was the limited cooling available in the server room,
so any considered solution would have to factor in this constraint.
After working with the management at Shoff Darby to discuss the infrastructure,
expectations, and analyzing historical storage utilization to prepare an accurate
forecast of storage requirements, Synergy engineers determined a single physical
server with significant storage would meet the requirements. The computing power
of current servers enabled Synergy to virtualize all of Shoff Darby’s physical servers,
which not only reduced heat output, but also reduced electrical consumption. With
the installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 and configuration of the Microsoft Hyper-V
role, we were also able to leverage built-in Windows 2008 Backup to eliminate the
need to maintain expensive third-party backup solutions, tape drives, and tape media.
Our engineers virtualized the physical servers, and due to the power of the host
server, we were able to implement more processor and memory resources to the newly
Shoff Darby’s 5 end-of-life servers were virtualized successfully, and the process
was completed with almost no impact to the business as the virtualization was performed
out of business hours. All client workstations and end-users were not impacted by
the project as no reconfigurations were required on domain workstations. Due to
the low cost of high capacity drives, we were able to increase available storage
capacity by orders of magnitude, and have afforded growth well into the future.
The need to reduce heat in the server room was realized by reducing the number of
servers, ensuring no cost to upgrade the cooling in the room by efficiently reducing
heat output of the infrastructure. The legacy backup solution with an expensive
console and backup agents for e-mail, SQL, and Windows was retired, leveraging the
powerful out-of-the-box Windows 2008 Backup solution using inexpensive removable
hard drives. The process to restore data in part or in its entirety was greatly
simplified, and the recovery timeframe reduced significantly.