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Educational Publisher Case Study

This educational publisher provides quality, engaging educational content in digital and print formats by delivering books, magazines, and educational programs directly to schools and families through print, audio, television, film, and digital applications.

Overview

Data Centralization through Data Warehousing

THE CHALLENGE

This educational publisher lost power to its data center during Hurricane Sandy. They needed a solution independent of a single datacenter to avoid future datacenter failures.

THE SOLUTION

We configured a hybrid environment with the single sign-on access and migrated their 180-public-folder database, containing over 100,000 objects and 75GB of data, to SharePoint Online, protecting their email and business function from future natural disasters.

THE OUTCOME

Thanks to the migration, the educational publisher now receives higher SLA's, and its email system remains unaffected by local natural disasters, ensuring the company’s continued excellence in customer delivery and satisfaction.

About the Business

A global luxury lifestyle brand and one of the premier names in American fashion, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) was founded in 1972 by the designer. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has expanded to a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories including shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, and fine jewelry. The company also offers luggage, eyewear, and home furnishings. In 2012, its Founder and Co-Chairman, Diane von Furstenberg, was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Forbes Magazine.

Headquartered in New York City, DVF now boasts a global distribution network in over 55 countries and 1500 points of sale including 99 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific.

The challenge

In 2012 the company was hit by Hurricane Sandy, losing power to its data center and all email in the aftermath of the superstorm. The downtime was unacceptable to the company, and it was determined to find a solution independent of a single data center in order to avoid this type of failure in the future and to ensure the highest quality of service to its customer base. As a forward-thinking, progressive business, the publisher believed the solution was in the cloud. Its goal was to migrate its 6,000 plus users and 300 shared mailboxes from its on-premises environment to Office 365 before another natural disaster could threaten email or business functions. The company turned to Ollion to facilitate the solution.

The Ollion Solution

To avoid future data center failures, Ollion determined that the company needed a solution that enabled it to run on-premises and in the cloud simultaneously. In order to meet these requirements, Ollion configured a hybrid environment with the single sign-on access, in addition to migrating its 180 public folder database, which contained over 100,000 objects consuming approximately 75GB of data, to SharePoint Online.

Ollion also set up a Lync Hybrid solution, enabling the company to move people between on-premises Lync and Lync online at its convenience. This allowed for agility and flexibility for users required to stay on-premises due to 3rd part software requirements.

Business Benefits

Thanks to the migration, the educational publisher now receives higher SLA's, and its email system remains unaffected by local natural disasters, ensuring the company’s continued excellence in customer delivery and satisfaction.

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