Celerity backup & disaster recovery solution powered by IBM Spectrum Protect delivers 54% saving for London Council
Celerity has provided a backup and disaster recovery solution for a London Council delivering a 54% cost saving.
The council entered into discussion with Celerity as they had already successfully provided Software as a Service, analytics, reporting and support for their data protection needs.
Their existing disaster recovery facilities were due for a refresh and no longer met their requirements or aligned to the authority’s strategy.
The future vision for the council is as a community leader, developing its working partnerships with the local community, voluntary and statutory agencies together with the private sector, to improve efficiency and maximise social and economic development in the borough and with it its citizens, in addition to providing everyday essential public services.
The council’s challenge was to reduce the complexity and cost of safeguarding public information assets, while ensuring access to critical public services and avoiding any additional financial, management or personnel burden that would increase the pressure on already constrained authority budgets. A strategic decision had already been made towards a cloud service approach and was benefiting from services procured in the digital marketplace via the G-Cloud framework. This strategy opened doors to proven services that reduced risk, streamlined the supply chain and offered economies of scale through consolidated procurement. The increased efficiency through convergence and consolidation enabled greater optimisation without constraint, allowing the council’s personnel resources to focus on social and economic development of new services for the borough’s citizens.
Celerity's team worked with the authority’s internal team to better understand its strategic and tactical goals before scoping a more efficient and agile proposition. The solution provided greater return on investment through higher utilisation and increased consolidation resulting in additional benefits across all business areas, achieved through convergence of backup, disaster recovery and virtualisation. An important element of the proposed solution was the financial proposition, as, like many local authorities, the council was constantly challenged when justifying expenditure of public funds and had a requirement to maintain its disaster recovery capability in the wake of transformation in providing services to meet its vision.
The solution offered by Celerity reduced recovery point objective, recovery time objective, risk and cost. This resulted in greater efficiency and operational cost reduction for its disaster recovery and business continuity requirements. Celerity achieved this by leveraging investments in new technology and services already made by the council, ensuring it remained focused on its strategy and goals.
The agreed contract provides disaster recovery as a service, with improved recovery times, higher levels of availability, greater security and protection of data with a cost saving of 54% for the council. The new contract completely replaces the service previously provided directly by a global vendor.
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