Cloud Device Eliminates Manual Backup and Reduces Human Error

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Fanimation designs and manufactures high-quality indoor and outdoor ceiling fans.

The Challenge

Fanimation began their business nearly 30 years ago out of the owner’s garage. Today they design, manufacture and sell to more than 1,500 retail stores and ship its products to more than 23 countries. As with many growing businesses, roles and responsibilities are shared.

The company’s controller Jay Boughner, needed some relief. At Fanimation, Jay is responsible not only for finances but for IT governance and oversight. Daily tasks include managing financial assets, policies, procedures, reporting systems, and also ensuring company data is backed up several times a day.

Fanimation’s unusual number of eight servers conducted manual tape backups on an inconsistent schedule. These backups include valuable data like accounting systems, blue print designs, shipment histories, client data, logistics and inventory. The process was old and outdated, and put the company and its livelihood at risk.

“We desperately needed to find a solution that gave us a safe and automatic backup and recovery system for our data,” said Boughner. “The time spent manually backing up data and the likelihood for human error was unsettling.”

Polleo’s Solution

Today’s cloud technology allows for small to medium-sized companies like Fanimation to focus on their business and not on IT solutions. Polleo quickly identified the company could easily eliminate the manual process of archiving and storing data with one simple device. Polleo installed their Cloud Replication Device (CRD) to automatically push large amounts of Fanimation’s information to an off-site secured data center. In the event Fanimation’s physical operating environment would go down, all of their data could be easily accessed in the cloud.

The Results

The benefits of installing the CRD put everyone at Fanimation at ease. The manual process and margin of human error was significantly reduced, if not eliminated. Since the installation, backup is a constant, automatic process that occurs once a day. Peace of mind is twofold knowing they can get back to business quickly in the event of a server failure or catastrophic event.

“You get to a point when you realize something really needs to change in order to improve certain processes. Choosing Polleo and installing the CRD immediately eliminated that concern, increased productivity and reduced human error.” – Jay Boughner