Allied Building Products Corporation primarily focuses on residential and commercial building material distribution for the exterior and interior construction sectors, with 200 distribution outlets in the U.S. When previous storms impacted their data centre, the company made it through each crisis intact. But when Superstorm Sandy slammed the Northeast in the fall of 2012, Allied's data centre was put to the test.
As Hurricane Sandy rolled ashore, Fischer watched on video surveillance monitors from his offsite location in North Dakota, helpless as the water level grew up to five feet outside Allied's data centre in New Jersey.
"By midnight, after the power went out, we realised our data centre was lost," Fisher recalls. "I immediately got on the phone with Sungard Availability Services. They were kind, caring and compassionate as they led me through the process of declaring and dealing with this kind of a disaster."
When Sandy made landfall, Fischer made arrangements for his teams to meet in Philadelphia the next day. Working hand-in-hand with their Sungard AS representative, the Allied team arrived at 2 p.m.—just 16 hours after the facility was impacted.
Because Allied Building Products deals with a high volume of customer orders on a daily basis, it was critical to have a fully operational computing environment. Without systems and a network, Fischer explains, employees didn't know what orders were left unfulfilled and what supplies they had on hand across their 200 distribution locations.
With Sungard AS disaster recovery plans in place, the company successfully recovered 100 percent of its business applications. In Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, Allied wasted no time moving its computing environment into a professional data centre–high above ground level.