June 28, 2012 07:09 ET

Venyu Steps Up Disaster Recovery at Top Social Services Firm

Bowman Systems Relies on Data Center and Recovery Services From Venyu to Ensure Reliability and Protection of Core Community Services

BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - Enhancing its reputation as the strategic partner companies turn to when implementing crucial data backup, and disaster recovery strategies as well as cloud services via VenyuCloud, Venyu today introduced Bowman Systems as its newest customer. Bowman is leveraging Venyu's data center -- built to Department of Defense anti-terrorism protection codes -- to safeguard its 2-1-1 crisis hotline and other mission critical data.

Bowman is the leading software and information company in the social services sector -- serving more than 35,000 users in 48 states and two provinces across the United States and Canada. Initially, the company chose to operate and maintain a large, proprietary in-house data center, as its customers lacked the capacity to host services locally, but found themselves quickly running out of server space as well. To solve this issue, Bowman is now leveraging Venyu's commercial data center facilities and backup/recovery offerings to better help state agencies coordinate a variety of critical social services -- ranging from housing and food programs to jobs and substance abuse initiatives.

"Bowman was founded with the intent of helping a broad range of non-profits fully leverage the power of their information. But to make this possible, the right data center facilities and disaster planning had to be in place," said Andrew Twyman V.P., Administration and Finance, Bowman Systems. 

Originally, Bowman managed everything from its own Dallas-based disaster recovery site. While successful in the early stages, a proprietary disaster recovery site became more complex over time. Twyman continues, "As we grew bigger, there just wasn't enough space to house the vast amount of customer data being generated. This put a strain on the system, our power needs, and the ability to protect critical data."

Upon investigating an alternative data center plan, the company turned to Venyu for help. Venyu's Shreveport-Bossier data center is built to Department of Defense anti-terrorism force protection codes and is one of the most secure commercial facilities in the country. From this site, Venyu offers a variety of services, including co-location hosting, cloud hosting, managed hosting and highly-customized hosting.

"After seeing the power Venyu brought to the table, it only made sense to move our backup center in order to leverage their industry leading capabilities. There was just too much critical data on the line. The best part about the move -- there was no additional capital expenditure required on our part," Twyman added.

For mission-critical data recovery, Bowman is also leveraging the power of Venyu's RestartIT remote backup and disaster recovery solution -- combining DR-Grade, online backup with the VMware® virtualized recovery platform, to provide seamless system recovery. In particular, Bowman depends on RestartIT as the disaster recovery foundation for its 2-1-1/I&R offerings -- the communications backbone for a variety of crisis hotlines and 2-1-1 call centers. 

Moving forward, Bowman is fully committed to growing with Venyu. "Across our customer base, data is growing at an increasingly rapid rate and showing no signs of slowing down. Venyu gives us the safety net we need to grow our business, while ensuring the highest levels of reliability and protection for our customers' core data," Twyman concluded.

"Anyone can backup data, but quick data recovery in the time of a disaster or outage is what saves a business," stated Scott Thompson, Venyu CEO. "We are proud our disaster recovery services have been selected to protect the 2-1-1 call centers -- truly a mission-critical service that cannot go off line under any circumstances."

About Venyu
Venyu is a premier provider of data center, managed hosting, cloud, virtualization and data protection solutions. By leveraging Venyu's portfolio of innovative, ROI-focused solutions, including VenyuCloud and RestartIT, within secure, highly available data centers, organizations can reduce IT costs while increasing security and scalability. For more information about Venyu and its industry-leading offerings, please visit www.venyu.comYour Data Made Invincible™.

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