Case Study

Davis Wright Tremaine:
Disaster Recovery

Business Challenge

DWT had engaged several large DRaaS providers in the past, oftentimes running into issues of unsuccessful testing and poor communications due to a series of provider consolidations and M&As. Testing a DR plan not only allows companies to identify possible weaknesses and get accustomed to disaster recovery scenarios, but it also provides assurance that the plan will operate effectively in the event of an actual incident.

On a technical level, DWT’s DRaaS provider was unable to provide a holistic solution that covered the entirety of the firm’s applications and devices end-to-end. Among the various challenges was the ability to support multiple platforms and technologies for DWT’s DRaaS solution, including NetApp replication, Nimble-to-Nimble replication, and direct exchange clustering. DWT also required always-on private cloud and colocation, as well as the ability to tie in multiple networks providers and carriers for its IT data and voice, all at the DR site. Additionally, DWT required a partner to customize the network implementation at the DR site.

Most significantly, DWT required a partnership whereby the DRaaS provider’s expert technical teams and its own would work directly with each other through onboarding, design, architecture, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of its ever-changing configuration environment.

In selecting Opti9 as our firm’s disaster recovery solution provider, Davis Wright Tremaine was influenced not only by its end-to-end capabilities but by its willingness to offer ongoing support and become integrated with our own technical team. A global firm of DWT’s scale and scope presents unique challenges. Opti9’s expertise lends the assurance that they are sensitive to our DRaaS requirements both today and as a long-term partner as the needs of our production environment and company evolve.

James Luke

Director of Information Technology of Davis Wright Tremaine

The Opti9 Solution

DWT replicates data from its own environment on the West Coast and other regions across the globe to the Opti9’s NY1 facility. The Tier III-rated data center is the premier facility east of New York City for enterprise colocation, and private and hybrid cloud solutions.

  • Same-Day Provisioning & VM Backups
    Veeam’s Cloud Connect platform allows for easy same-day DR provisioning and point-and-click VM backups.
  • Saving Time, Bandwidth, and Money
    Veeam’s powerful WAN acceleration, deduplication, and compression means DWT moves less data into backup, saving time, bandwidth, and money.
  • End-to-End Encryption
    End-to-end encryption means DWT can rest easy knowing all data is encrypted, both at rest and in motion.
  • PCI Compliant-Level Security & Optimum Results
    The solution was built inside a hardened Tier III datacenter with PCI Compliant-level security for optimum results.

The Results

Opti9 provides DWT with a high-touch, long-term partner that is directly involved on a continuing basis with its DRaaS requirements and can adapt its DR solution as the technology of their production environment evolves. If DWT adds or switches applications, or requires additional capacity, Opti9 offers the flexibility and agility to keep pace with these changes.

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Service Provided

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service


Client HQ

Seattle, Washington


About the Client

Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT) is a full-service law firm with eight offices in the United States and one in Shanghai. Its core legal areas are litigation, business transactions, intellectual property and employment. DWT is comprised of nationally ranked, broadly based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries, including communications, media, financial services, healthcare, energy, food and beverage, and restaurants.

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