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Summer 2018

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20 PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | SUMMER 2018 CASE STUDIES Selecting DRaaS: Taylor Porter's Journey to a Stronger IT Stance Pre-Existing Environments Damian, thanks for speaking with me. Let's start with something unique about Louisiana; the state follows Napoleonic Law. How does that affect the make-up of your client base and competing against other law firms? Since Louisiana law is unique, we oen serve as local counsel partnering with the client's national counsel. That being said, while the firm has a large number of Louisiana-based clients, we have a number of aorneys who practice beyond the borders of the state. Though we are a single-office firm based in Baton Rouge we operate on a national level like most other firms our size or larger. As an IT leader, what client demands have you experienced? I have been in the legal industry for 17 years now and have seen client demands change greatly, especially in recent years. With the increase in cyberthreats and bad actors targeting law firms, clients have become increasingly concerned with how law firms handle their data. Security audits have not only increased in number but also in complexity. The requirements, security and otherwise, that clients are placing on firms closely mimics the requirements they place on themselves. Needless to say, our firm leadership stays on top of current IT issues. What were you looking to solve with DRaaS? What advantages did you see with DRaaS that your existing technologies could not accomplish? Honestly, DRaaS was not something we were looking for…it sort of found us. We were planning to rebuild our DR solution when I aended an ILTA webinar by Bluelock about DRaaS. During that hour I heard the struggles that a firm similar to ours was experiencing with DR and thought, "DRaaS may be something we need to consider." The more I thought about DB DB DB As senior vice president of product development & strategic alliances at InterVision and a frequent contributor to publications within the legal industry, I have seen many law firms rethinking their existing IT strategies to meet client demands and mitigate threats of disruption and reputation degradation. Taylor Porter, one of the oldest, largest and most respected law firms in Louisiana, met these pressures and objectives by turning to disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) as a solution. The director of information technology at Taylor Porter, Damian Burdette, had a conversation with me about why DRaaS made sense for his firm. by Jeff Ton Selecting DRaaS: Taylor Porter's Journey to a Stronger IT Stance

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