OK, we admit it. We can be a little obsessive compulsive when it comes to improving operations. We believe systems should work flawlessly and efficiently, all the time, every time. We obsess over the tiniest of details, so you don’t have to.
At Broadleaf, we live to help organizations design, implement and continually improve solutions for productivity. Weird? Um, yeah, we know… But in the end, our obsession will become your Zen!
Storage consolidation and centralization
Storage consolidation allows Direct Attached Storage (DAS) to be consolidated into virtual pools of storage with SAN and NAS technologies. In addition to consolidating from DAS, storage can be centralized to one location if desired to provide better control and protection than might be achieved in multiple remote offices managing their own storage. Depending on the solution, file shares and databases can all be managed on the same storage platform. Benefits can include: ability to expand or shrink volumes on the fly, built in snapshot technology for on-site protection against data loss, virus or corruption, ease of management, replication to a second location for DR within the same platform, scalable for future data needs.
The purpose of backups is to create a fast, simple recovery. Each organization must determine its recovery time objective (RTO) or how long it can take to recover from a loss without harm to the business. The organization must also determine its acceptable Recovery Point objective (RPO) – how recent does the backup copy of the data need to be to meet the business needs. Improving RTO and RPO can be accomplished in numerous ways.
Server & Client Virtualization
Businesses want IT to be more flexible, control costs, and be more efficient. Business agility is dependent on IT agility and virtualization is key to creating that agility. Server Virtualization helps to provide that agility by removing hardware dependence and paves the way for flexibility and efficiency with private or public cloud computing. Client virtualization can be defined as a collection of technologies for abstracting, delivering and managing end user (or client) functionality. The aim is to decouple functionality from OS and hardware and the vision is to provide consistent experience across all user devices with minimal management. There are two key types of client virtualization technologies: a hosted approach and a local approach.
Data is archived for the purpose of long term retention. Depending on an organization’s needs, the data must be stored in a format that is recoverable but typically does not need to be recovered rapidly for use by ongoing operations. Various solutions can be used for archiving depending on recovery time goals, use cases for archived data, company policies and regulatory requirements.
While disaster recovery is the process by which an organization resumes business after a disruptive event, business continuity suggests a more comprehensive approach to how a company will keep functioning with little or no downtime after a disruptive event. IT plays a pivotal role with a focus on systems recovery. Plans will allow mission critical functions to resume first followed by less critical applications. An organization may require near instantaneous fail over capabilities or it may just need a plan to continue operations in a matter of hours. Each organization has unique needs and goals that a business continuity plan must address.
Disaster recovery is about re-establishing IT services in the face of large-scale hardware failure or sabotage, facilities failure and/or regional natural disaster. Disaster-recovery capabilities are measured by the amount of time it takes to re-establish services and the amount of data loss. Disaster recovery solutions take these factors into account depending on the organization’s requirements.
Cross company collaboration strategies
Businesses no longer operate in a single office. IT strategies may need to take into account the needs of employees working at headquarters, in branch offices, from customer sites, from home offices or while traveling among these many locations. Data and applications must be accessible for business to be accomplished yet secure and easy to manage. Centralizing storage, deduplication and WAN optimization tools may all be parts of a plan for successful collaboration.
The Broadleaf tech team can help you with professional services ranging from a health check of your virtual environment to a full implementation of a new storage infrastructure and many projects in between.
By working alongside your IT leaders, Broadleaf brings expertise to your organization that allows you to uniquely understand your needs better. This understanding leads to a more effective data management solution. Once a need and goals have been established through analysis, Broadleaf will provide a solution option(s). We then carefully explain your options (in plain English) and provide simple demonstrations for each of the specific products recommended. We always detail how the product (or products) will work as components of a solution, and how they will meet your needs and goals, specifically. When a solution has been chosen, we provide everything and everyone you need during implementation and post implementation.