Hachette Filipacchi UK (www.hf-uk.com)
Nic Bellenberg – IT Director at HFUK
Hachette Filipacchi UK (HFUK) is a leading magazine publisher – its titles include Elle, Elle Decoration, Red and Inside Soap. It is a subsidiary of the French Lagardère media group.
With around 400 computer users working in their London W1 offices, HFUK recognised the importance of sound Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning. It was vital that they should be able to produce magazine pages should there be power outage, IT systems failure, or at worse, no access to the office.
Nic Bellenberg, IT Director at HFUK, says: “We need to safeguard our editorial production in the face of any eventuality. Magazines cannot be printed or distributed late. We had to make sure that our disaster recovery plans were capable of delivering all key IT systems to core teams of staff – either remotely, or to a different office in the case of invoking use of our North London DR site.”
“We approached 10-100 for their expertise and track record in delivering synchronised remote systems for business continuity, which would complement our BC/DR planning. We wanted to work with an organisation that understood our needs as a business. They also needed to work closely with our own IT team, to deliver a holistic solution without impacting on our day-to-day publishing activities.”
“10-100 carried out a rapid in-depth discovery of our existing Windows and Apple servers and network, which allowed them to draft a detailed proposal. From this and detailed discussion with the HFUK team, 10-100 recommended a server consolidation plan that led us to create a streamlined DR solution, using Double-Take software. We were able to reduce the number of servers in use at our main site and deploy the Double-Take solution with maximum return to the business.”
“A key factor in the success of the project is that not only did 10-100 provide detailed specialist knowledge and support for Windows Servers and Double-Take Replication software, but they were also able to understand our more specialist requirements in supporting our Apple Macintosh users and servers. They have the depth of knowledge and experience to deliver the right solution for our business.”
“Following this initial project we continue to work with 10-100, using the company as an escalation point for advanced technical support in addition to the supply of servers and firewalls, in which they have solid expertise.”