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Fire ignites cloud journey at Parker Hudson

Boutique law firm finds DR efficiency in hosted service from Windstream.

It’s been seven years since Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP (Parker Hudson) lost more than $3 million due to a five-day business outage caused by a fire. The lesson learned is as fresh as if it were yesterday.

“The day we came back online the partners held a meeting and told me to set up a disaster recovery solution,” recalls Benita Dansby, director of IT at Parker Hudson. “They said, ‘Do what you have to do to get it done.’”

At the time of the fire, Dansby’s only recourse was to wait for clearance to re-enter the building, carry some of the firm’s servers down 15 flights of stairs, and...

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