Cloud Management for Auto Insurance Company

Managed a Secure Private Cloud as well as Public Cloud Resources for an Illinois-based Specialty Auto Insurance Company Writing Policies in 5 States


“We couldn’t have built this solution to provide the level of uptime and cost without Storcom. Our data is safe in the event of a disaster or accident.” – CFO of an Illinois-Based Specialty Auto Insurance Company Writing Policies in 5 States

a. Business Challenges

This insurance company was a carve-out from a merger and acquisition, and was in dire need for new infrastructure to be built. After much discussion and analysis, the best go-to-market strategy in the end was not for Storcom to build something from scratch, but to leverage existing infrastructure that was already in place. The cost of “lift and shift” to a public cloud provider was prohibitive due to the size of this organization’s infrastructure needs. They called Storcom since they wanted to leverage a dedicated and private infrastructure. Plus, it would be managed by a set of engineers who understood their application stack and the VMware technologies that surrounded it. There were also very explicit requirements in disaster recovery and business continuity needs in which the client knew Storcom has a particular expertise in implementing.

b. Storcom’s Solution

Storcom’s solution was to partially leverage the Storcom Private Cloud-shared infrastructure plus to build-out dedicated compute infrastructure. We built a best-in-breed solution that met all of the stringent requirements for this organization.

Storcom also built a complete disaster recovery and business continuity plan into the solution from day one. This model allowed the client to have a robust infrastructure without capitalizing hardware costs.  The client also leverages Storcom’s expertise in managing virtual infrastructures, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

c. Results

Storcom has been managing this infrastructure solution for three years providing 99.999% uptime. The availability of these systems with a total cost of ownership that is far less than if the client had attempted this internally. Storcom has also successfully proven on an annual basis that our DR and business continuity run-book is up-to-date. Now, our client feels confident that they can successfully withstand a disaster while continuing operations.

d. Tools/Solutions Used

For this client, Storcom utilized:

  • VMware vSphere technologies
  • VMware vCloud Director
  • Microsoft SQL Always-on Availability Group
  • Veeam Backup and Replication Suite
  • HPE Proliant Synergy servers
  • HPE Nimble storage

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