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Cloud Computing Case Studies prove the advantages of Enterprise Cloud Services & Consulting, Managed Recovery, Business Continuity, and other services. Explore the benefits in these Cloud Case Studies and see how other companies are finding solutions that better meet their needs.

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Savanna Energy Depends on Sungard AS for Reliable Recovery Services

Savanna chose Sungard AS because it provides a turnkey disaster recovery service whose real time backup center, should an event occur, rests in another region providing geographic separation to ensure the security of Savanna’s invaluable data.

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Drivers History Leverages Managed Hosting To Assist Insurers

Drivers History decided to look for a managed hosting provider and cast a wide net. Sungard Availability Services (AS) Managed Hosting emerged as the favorite option, offering several advantages, says Robert Mayo, Drivers History’s Chief Information Officer. “We were pleasantly surprised at Sungard AS’ pricing model,” initially worrying that Sungard AS’ overall price would prove too expensive for a small, startup type company.

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Delta Diversified Gains Speed, Lower Costs With Migration To Enterprise Cloud Services

The Sungard AS Cloud environment enables Berry and his IT team to work from practically anywhere, a capability they didn’t have before. For example, he was in Europe last summer and, from his laptop, could access his accounting, email and other functions via the cloud.

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Advanced Energy Manages SAP® Application Hosting With Sungard AS Cloud Services

Advanced Energy chose to expand its relationship with Sungard AS to ensure that all of its SAP® environments were hosted and managed completely by Sungard AS, including disaster recovery capabilities, “all of which would have cost us a fortune if we had to do it ourselves,” says Rajeev Ankireddypalli, Head of Information Technology. “Sungard AS became our strategic partner not only to manage the day-to-day aspects, but to strategize that environment and provide recommendations about execution of our IT and cloud environment.”

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Managed IT Services Ensure Smooth Sailing for Norwegian’s Vital Reservation System

The Sungard AS service approach is built around Norwegian’s requirements, so service levels align with Norwegian business objectives. With more than a year of managing Norwegian systems, the Sungard AS team has developed a deep understanding of their systems and enterprise application architecture. As a result, Sungard AS is a partner, not simply a supplier.

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Allied Building Products Corp. Experiences the Value of a Disaster Recovery Plan

With Sungard AS disaster recovery plans in place, Allied Building Products Corp. successfully recovered 100 percent of its business applications. In Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, Allied wasted no time in moving its computing environment into a professional data center – high above ground level.

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Cementos Progreso Taps Sungard AS For Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cementos Progreso already had a colocation site in Guatemala. But in 2010, Chavez and his team decided it was time to implement a disaster recovery plan outside of the country to avoid losing access to their 12 critical business applications, including SAP.

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Social Solutions Strengthens Public Sector Growth

Moving from its antiquated data-management methods to Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud Services helped Social Solutions quickly configure and deploy its web-based solution to more clients – addressing compliance requirements related to HIPAA and industry standards such as ISO. Sungard AS’ knowledge of industry regulatory requirements enables its team of experts to provide secure cloud solutions enabling customer compliance.

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CardioComm Solutions Plans For Worldwide Success With
 Cloud Computing Architecture
CardioComm Solutions was confident that Sungard Availability Services could support the specific technical and regulatory requirements demanded by international regions, and provide the flexibility and scale to support the growth they were anticipating. CardioComm Solutions believes it can sell 50,000-100,000 of the home heart-monitoring units within the next 12 months, which might require them to scale up operations; Sungard 
AS can handle that scale easily.

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DecisionQuest Grows With Sungard AS Business Cloud Services

In need of a technology solution to supplement its IT expertise, DecisionQuest turned to Sungard Availability Services – a complete managed services partner who could grow with them and deliver technologies to make their business even smarter.

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MetaFarms Breeds Success With Hybrid Computing Architecture

MetaFarms selected Sungard AS Colocation services for production; Recover to Cloud Vaulting; Recover to Cloud Server Replication; and Disaster Recovery. In addition, MetaFarms uses EVault1 on-premise software and offsite cloud services. Today, all customer data is kept within their private cloud data center and housed within Sungard AS.

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Rémy Cointreau USA Tastes The Future Of Luxury Spirits With Sungard AS Recovery Services

Sungard Availability Services pioneered recovery services more than 30 years ago. Its deep expertise in information security, compliance and governance helps keep the data of clients such as Rémy Cointreau USA safe and available should disruptions or even disaster strike. Rémy Cointreau USA has seen both improved levels of service and related cost savings since employing its services.

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Reply! Significantly Reduces Operating Costs With Sungard AS Cloud

“Sungard AS’ private Cloud services and the tailored model they built let us consolidate a significant volume of data, enabling us to do a lot more with a lot less,” says Hajebi, whose business now relies on just nine servers.

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Energy Plus makes smooth seamless transition to cloud

But at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night, Scott was not only able to get in touch with Sungard Availability Services, the company’s Cloud vendor; with Sungard AS’ 11th hour support, he and his team continued working seamlessly into Sunday morning, setting things back on track and completing their migration to the Cloud.

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NEBCO

NEBCO became a Sungard Availability Services customer in 2008 and first joined the Managed Recovery Program in 2011. In 2012 NEBCO put together a detailed analysis of whether it made more sense to build its own server room, host and administer its own infrastructure and handle disaster recovery independently, or selectively outsource to an outside company. It determined that going to an outside service would better meet its needs and prove more cost-effective.

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AMS Collaborator

AMS Collaborator builds web-based services and applications for clients in a variety of fields, ranging from legal to accounting to human resource management. As a full-service software and consulting firm, the company provides and maintains its clients’ applications, data, and infrastructure. AMS Collaborator was using a colocation service for applications and infrastructure, but found the overhead and maintenance of managing the hardware, software, and services for a rapidly growing user base unacceptably high. The moment of truth came when it chose instead to move to a cloud-based service for the future.

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Achieving Quantifiable Risk Reduction For a Large Regional Bank

A large regional bank based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico was concerned about the potential for island-wide catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina. Given the high degree of sensitivity of the financial data they processed every day, the bank made the commitment to enhance its business continuity measures to reduce risk for the company and its customers.

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McKesson Corporation

Using the Sungard AS Managed Recovery Program, McKesson was able to quickly deploy disaster recovery as part of its service offering to its customers, ensuring that it was able to launch its offering on time. McKesson’s customers were also reassured that their data was safe and secure, that they could recover quickly in the event of a disaster, and that the way the data was stored would meet HIPAA and other requirements.

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AmeriPride Services

With the Sungard AS Managed Recovery Program, AmeriPride was able to quickly deploy a reliable disaster recovery solution that fit its changing infrastructure, and that could easily accommodate future changes. AmeriPride also has access to Sungard AS’ expertise for disaster recovery and other infrastructure issues. Sungard AS provides all the staffing, services, resources, and hardware for disaster recovery, including servers, tape processing, disks, and software. As a result, AmeriPride will not have to lease space or replicate its own data center.

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A nationwide retailer

This case study details how a nationwide retailer optimized their business continuity planning using Sungard AS Managed Recovery program to achieve a 60% improvement in disaster recovery time objectives, at 40% less cost than self-managed recovery. Highlights of this case study include a business impact analysis that shed surprising results on the most revenue-impacting applications, an advanced recovery workshop, and an ongoing, rigorous approach to IT disaster recovery life cycle management.

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Florida Hospital

With the Managed Recovery Program, Sungard Availability Services is Florida Hospital’s recovery team, ensuring recovery configurations keep pace with production changes, managing recovery test execution, and providing a single point of contact for the complete recovery program.

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Maximizing the Scalability of a National Electronic Healthcare Network

A national electronic healthcare network was experiencing significant growth in a compressed period of time. Due to the sensitive information it handled, the organization required an infrastructure that was second -to-none in its reliability and security.

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Acacia Federal Savings Bank

Acacia Federal Savings Bank’s deposit and loan operations involve the daily transmission of a huge volume of data and transactions. They require high levels of data protection and availability to ensure business resiliency in the event of an interruption.

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A National Business Finance Institution

On January 18, 2011, a business finance institution experienced a power outage. The utility company could not confirm when power would be restored. Given the time-sensitive nature of the data being processed at the company, a disruption was not an option. The company called Sungard Availability Services Utilizing a high availability connection, the organization’s data was accessible from a Sungard AS availability Workforce Recovery site. Servers and workstations were set up, allowing the firm to continue their work with complete data, operations, voice, and network capabilities.

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Transforming Capgemini’s Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Program

Until 2008, Capgemini utilized Word documents for their business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) planning: both for their own internal use and for the BC/DR programs they developed and maintained for their clients. The time required to keep these plans manually updated was immense. Additionally, the complexity of the various plans was becoming unwieldy, increasing the potential risk to their company and to their client firms.

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Spirit Incentives

Spirit Incentives chose the Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud Services solution to support its evolving needs. Moving to the cloud allowed Spirit Incentives to consolidate services, reduce capital expenses, and optimize the use of its staff and its applications. Responding to an urgent deadline, the Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud Services solution was built around the customer requirements and turned over to the customer within 10 days.

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State of Michigan

Today, Michigan has 17 State agencies, 5 critical mainframes, over 4,000 servers, 6 petabytes of data, 50,000 employees, and 6000 applications. In 2003, Michigan recognized that with no comprehensive business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan in place, they were in a state of high vulnerability from both natural and manmade disasters.

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Catholic Healthcare West
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in San Francisco, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) has diverse needs for serving patients from rural to urban areas and in community hospitals to nationally recognized centers of excellence. Each of the CHW clinical settings shares an unwavering dedication to providing high quality services to their patients and communities. Ensuring for seamless business continuity and data recovery is an integral part of the patient care objectives.

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Strengthening Global Continuity Planning for an International Research and Analysis Firm
International continuity planning  is intensely challenging. Risks and priorities need to be identified and assessed for each individual location, but must also be balanced from a company-wide perspective. In order to evaluate global continuity planning requirements efficiently and effectively, the firm requires that each location have a detailed business impact analysis (BIA) performed on a regular basis.

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New England SaaS Provider Relies on Sungard AS Managed Services to Achieve Uptime and Peace of Mind
Increasingly severe power and Internet outages threatened this organization’s critical applications and put their customers’ data in jeopardy. Colocation services for the organization’s production environment allowed the company’s IT team to get back to business and focus on more strategic priorities.

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Small Credit Union Builds Big Plans with PLANet
Small credit unions like Family First Credit Union have numerous challenges when compared to some of their larger counterparts. Resources are stretched thin, competition is fierce and specific expertise is often scarce. But sometimes, what might seem disadvantageous is actually an advantage. For example; with business continuity planning, smaller credit unions have the ability to interchange personnel more readily.

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Business Continuity Testing Made Easier with PLANet
Many credit unions build business continuity plans but fail to take the next step. As the FFIEC explains in their most-recent BCP Booklet, “Risk monitoring ensures a BCP is viable through testing,independent review and periodic updating.” In addition, testing helps financial institutions adjust recovery time objectives by giving realistic, tested time estimates needed to complete tasks.

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Maintaining Availability By Testing IT Security With Sungard AS
To help ensure continuous availability of its information, a software company had Sungard AS subject its systems to a full penetration test and measure them against Sungard AS proprietary model for Information Security--including 50 discrete areas of evaluation.

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Sungard AS LDRPS Enables Holistic Business Continuity Planning at Leading Bank
The business continuity planning team at a leading diversified financial services company is charged with establishing the methodology, tools, policy, compliance and reporting utilized in disaster preparedness throughout the United States. The financial services firm deployed LDRPS® (Living Disaster Recovery Planning System) from Sungard Availability Services to create all preparedness plans across the enterprise. The Sungard AS software enables the bank to centrally develop and manage business continuity planning – supporting 500 U.S. locations, 5,000 plans and close to 7,000 users.

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