Rapid DR solution for Brookfield Rail

The complex design-to-handover process took only three weeks.

Brookfield Rail's David Douce says Datacom takes a "professional, structured approach" to project design.

Datacom was challenged to deliver a robust disaster recovery solution for independent rail infrastructure provider Brookfield Rail. The railway giant controls over 5,100m of rail infrastructure in Western Australia and provides a critical backbone to rail management – from access management to rail maintenance.

The Challenge

Brookfield had an inadequate virtualised single-site environment and urgently needed a simple-to-manage product. This had to permit a full or partial failover from one site to another.

The Solution

Before they laid the groundwork, Datacom’s Professional Services team became thoroughly acquainted with Brookfield’s IT environment and strategic goals. Using VMware SRM Site Replication Manager (SRM) and Synchronous SAN Replication, Datacom provided protection and replication of production systems, allowing automated virtual infrastructure failover and reconfiguration of systems. This fulfilled diverse technical requirements, while seamlessly implementing and integrating into the existing environment. Datacom’s certified project management team kept the project on track.

“Datacom’s professional, structured approach to project design and implementation meant our staff were involved at every stage. Everything was very well documented, yet flexible enough to accommodate unknowns that appeared during implementation.”

David Douce – Senior Server Analyst, Brookfield Rail