In July 2008 the firm amalgamated its three London offices into a single new location in London, close to many of its UK clients. This date was the culmination of a three year project to entirely revamp the firm's IT infrastructure – including the implementation of new storage services intended to provide comprehensive backup and disaster recovery (DR).
The key project driver for Kennedys was the relocation of its data center. The firm only had real-time disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for its primary systems, and the hosted backup service that it was using was becoming increasingly expensive due to growing data volumes.
The challenge facing IT director Ian Lauwerys and his team was to bring the backup function in-house, to improve DR capabilities by — in his words — "an order of magnitude," and to move the whole data center offsite.