Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Resolve to be Resilient

Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Resolve to be Resilient

With hurricane season starting June 1st, we are officially in the ‘hurricane prep’ season.  Now is the time to take responsibility to enable your business to continue to operate through whatever storm it is forced to weather.  We will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that your organization can to continue to deliver your products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident, and ensure optimized, speedy recovery and restoration of your data and applications.

To prepare your business for hurricane season, Bluetowne will work with you to:
  • Review and validate your disaster recovery plan
  • Review and validate your business continuity plan
  • Verify backups are running and test restores
  • Verify your team is prepared for work stoppage  and resumption tasks
  • Validate your IT infrastructure is sound, up-to-date and stable

All too often, we find that companies overrate their level of readiness. When an emergency or disruption hits – chaos and confusion ensue, rather than quick response and recovery.  Resolve to be resilient by carving out some time to focus on your preparedness efforts.

Our mission is to support you, so let us know how we can assist by giving us a call at 843.352.0130 or shoot us an e-mail.

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Lucey Law Firm Partners with Bluetowne to Modernize Infrastructure and Receive Ongoing Managed Services to Support Its End-Users

 

” After partnering with Bluetowne our productivity has greatly increased and we’re receiving better, more responsive support. It’s easier and more efficient to securely access critical information both in the office and while working remotely—whether from home in the evenings or from a courtroom in another city.” – Attorney, Lucey Law Firm

 

THE CLIENT

Lucey Law Firm was founded in 1991 and is located across from Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC. The firm focuses on Plaintiffs’ lawsuits in Defective Construction, Contract and Financial Disputes, Special Torts and other trial work such as insurance claims, condemnations and legal malpractice. Lucey Law is proud to have achieved the largest construction verdicts and actual recoveries in the State of South Carolina for its clients. Additionally, the firm has successfully handled and/or tried to a verdict numerous other complex cases, yielding substantial recoveries to their clients.

THE CHALLENGE

Lucey Law’s current infrastructure had been pieced together over the years, and lack of a strategic design and best-in-class technologies was greatly affecting end-user productivity, flexibility and ease of management. The firm was also working with another local provider that was lacking in their response time and effectiveness in fixing the root cause of issues, which proved frustrating and time consuming. Lucey Law knew they needed a new partner who could provide strategic direction for their IT initiatives, modernize and streamline their infrastructure, and then support it with a high level of responsiveness and expertise.

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UEC Electronics Partners with Bluetowne to Address Storage Needs, Saving Thousands of Dollars a Day in Avoided Downtime

“We were impressed with Bluetowne’s knowledge and professionalism.  They were extremely flexible and cooperative in helping us work through and resolve any issues that popped up, and had a level of organization and follow-through that the other partners we considered lacked.” – Julie Schultz, Information Technology Manager, UEC Electronics

LogoTHE CLIENT

UEC Electronics (UEC) specializes in the development and sale of mission critical products. They offer comprehensive solutions in engineering design, product development, rapid prototyping, and lean, innovative manufacturing services, as well as their own line of mobile power products.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Prior to engaging Bluetowne, UEC’s biggest challenge was a general lack of IT expertise as it related to specific areas of their infrastructure. They struggled with various issues, including a mixed 4.1 and 5.1 VMware environment, and local storage that was near capacity and was not shared, centrally managed or expandable. Server maintenance plans were cumbersome, and required downtime and after-hours work. UEC relies on mission critical applications every day that could mean thousands of dollars in lost productivity should they experience any downtime during business hours. Knowing the vulnerability of their current infrastructure and that this was a chance they could not afford to take, they partnered with Bluetowne to help design and deploy a solution to take their infrastructure to the next level, and ensure resiliency and ease of expansion as the company continued to grow.

THE SOLUTION

The deployment took one week, with zero downtime during business hours, and included: upgrading VMware hosts from 4.1 and 5.1 to 5.5, deploying VMware vCenter 5.5, deployment of a new iSCSI shared storage SAN, a new Cisco iSCSI and virtualization switch stack and expanded vSwitch capacity with additional NIC’s in each host. Bluetowne also migrated all virtual servers to the new platform.

THE RESULT

The VMware upgrade allowed UEC to take advantage of VMware VMotion and other advanced virtualization features. The new SAN helped UEC address their storage issues, including minimizing server downtime and increasing storage capacity and scalability to accommodate future growth. They were able to realize virtualization cluster advanced redundancy, and saw a performance increase due to the networking and storage reconfiguration. They can now increase their Windows server capacity and footprint on the fly, and seamlessly migrate resources during scheduled maintenance windows. To wrap up the project, Bluetowne ensured that UEC’s staff was trained on how to maintain and support the SAN and new virtualization architecture through thorough documentation and knowledge transfer.

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The GEL Group Partners With Bluetowne to Increase Performance and Position Company for Future Growth

“The level of knowledge is what attracted us to Bluetowne—they delivered solid consulting and offered clear direction to help us solve our business challenges. Watching my colleagues’ responses and seeing them get excited when Bluetowne was presenting a solution was a good barometer for me that we chose the right partner.” – James Westmoreland, Director, Radio Chemistry Division, The GEL Group

the-gel-group-squarelogo-1425888197402THE CLIENT
The GEL Group (GEL) is a leading analytical laboratory, engineering and consulting company. Since 1981, GEL has provided a unique breadth of analytical testing, environmental consulting, civil engineering and geophysical engineering services that meet high standards of quality and accuracy to a broad and enduring client base.

THE CHALLENGE
Prior to engaging Bluetowne, GEL’s biggest challenge was the diversity and legacy of the systems that they manage—and the ability to handle the accelerated change in the industry. Due to support expirations and feature enhancements within VMware products, GEL knew it was imperative that they complete an upgrade in an effort to stay current and realize the full potential of their infrastructure. GEL was also experiencing scalability issues with their storage—the current raid configuration and storage capacity was not poised for future growth. GEL knew that they needed to employ a trusted technology advisor from the start to ensure that the end result was a reliable infrastructure that would scale as the business continued to grow.

THE SOLUTION
Bluetowne partnered with GEL to assist with two different project implementations to help address their challenges. The first was to complete a successful upgrade on their current VMware infrastructure from version 3.5 to 5.1. The environment consisted of building a new vCenter and upgrading 3 hosts, while using iSCSI as the connectivity to shared SAN storage. The second project involved replacing the existing SAN environment with a new EMC VNX5200 array and migrating all existing data to the new environment, while keeping in line with the iSCSI infrastructure.

THE RESULT
The VMware upgrade project allowed GEL to take advantage of the renewed support by VMware, and all of the enhanced features offered in version 5.1. Some of those features included SSO, thin provisioning, centralized license management in vCenter, iSCSI binding, storage VMotion within the GUI, and much more. When GEL completed the storage refresh project the following year, they not only received a best-in-the-market SAN, but they were now able to realize vast improvements in performance, as well as the ability to scale the EMC VNX5200 to meet the demands of future growth.

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Bluetowne Becomes Nimble Storage Authorized Solutions Provider

Bluetowne to Expand the Reach of the Nimble Adaptive Flash Platform to Southeast

Basic RGBMT. PLEASANT, S.C. – September 28, 2015 – Bluetowne, a leading provider of innovative information technology solutions, today announced it has joined the Nimble Partner Program as a Value-added Reseller. Nimble Storage is redefining the storage market with its Adaptive Flash platform, enabling consolidation of all workloads and elimination of storage silos by providing enterprises with significant improvements in application performance and storage capacity.

The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform is now the preferred choice for more than 6,200 customers in over 50 countries around the world. In contrast to legacy and flash-only storage architectures and systems that are deployed and managed in disparate silos to support applications based on their unique characteristics and requirements, the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform offers a single storage architecture that dynamically caters to the needs of enterprise-wide workloads across performance, capacity, and data protection – delivering on the full potential and benefits of storage consolidation. The company’s flash storage solutions are based on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) storage architecture that leverages fast read performance of flash and the cost-effective capacity of hard disk drives, and Nimble InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that maintains storage system peak health.

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