Capital management firm slashes disaster recovery time from six hours to minutes

Investment company J O Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM) is improving business continuity and disaster recovery with Neverfail.

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Investment company J O Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM) is improving business continuity and disaster recovery with Neverfail.

JOHCM is using the Neverfail Continuous Availability Suite to protect 16 critical and bespoke applications, which include Blackberry Enterprise Server and Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQLServer.

With Neverfail, JOHCM has reduced its disaster recovery (DR) window from six hours to just minutes, meeting the demands of its corporate client portfolio as well as the expectations of private investors from James Hambro & Partners LLP (JH&P), a sister investment management company.

After virtualising its primary datacenter in 2009, JOHCM deployed VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to provide disaster recovery for six critical applications.

Following the growth of JOHCM and the launch of JH&P for private investors, it was decided that the original failover time objective of six hours was no longer sufficient. With increasing numbers of clients and assets to protect, failover within minutes became a key requirement.

After working with managed services supplier Selection Services, JOHCM selected Neverfail.

Lisa Corden, head of technology at J O Hambro Capital Management Group, said, “Before Neverfail, making the decision to failover to a secondary site was a tricky one, as we had to be prepared for the systems to be up to six hours out of step.

"This was a major issue, particularly for applications such as Exchange and BlackBerry Servers which are heavily relied upon by on-site and off-site staff for up-to-the-minute information."

Now, the decision is "simple", she said. Applications can be seamlessly transferred to the DR site in the event of an outage or even for ad-hoc maintenance work without disruption to everyday workflows.

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