Custom Logos is a San Diego based corporate branding and marketing company specializing in imprinted sportswear and promotional products. Serving their customers since 1989, they offer comprehensive solutions for a variety of product areas including promotional products, apparel, commercial printing, logo design, on-line company stores and fulfillment. With a staff of over 50 experienced professionals the company has manufacturing capabilities in San Diego and serves numerous national clients.
Custom Logos was experiencing rapid growth, with many large San Diego and National companies relying on their services to provide branded promotional items and apparel. Custom Logos had outgrown their existing IT infrastructure, which was using server and storage hardware that was out dated. In additional to problems with the age and performance of their systems, the backup and disaster recovery solution in place was no longer capable of meeting the necessary requirements for onsite and offsite data retention. To keep up with the high levels of growth and continue to provide outstanding service to their customers, it was necessary to upgrade their IT infrastructure and backup solution.
The Kazmarek team met with the two owners and the CFO to discuss and develop a new IT strategy and a solution to replace the older servers, storage and backup and disaster recovery solution. Deciding to take advantage of the many benefits offered by Virtualization, a solution was developed that included the use of redundant Virtual Machine (VM) host servers and a single highly available shared storage SAN. This provides the capability for both servers to access all of the VMs on the SAN so that they are both capable of hosting all VMs in the case that one of the hosts failed. This high availability solution is capable of failing over a virtual machine from a failed host in less than three minutes. To improve the capabilities, speed and redundancy of the backup solution, Veeam was chosen to provide image level backups of all virtual machines, storing backup data in redundant Network Attached Storage arrays located in two different locations.