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