Dyno Nobel is the global leader in commercial explosives technology and blasting expertise. The company traces its roots back to 1865 and Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prize, and now employees over 3,000 employees across the globe.
Dyno Nobel has many distant remote sites, which creates complexities when it comes to protecting the organization’s mission-critical data. “We take safety very seriously, so we end up building our plants away from densely populated areas. But we also wanted to move our data away from the remote environment and out to the cloud,” said Chris Pack, Enterprise Infrastructure Lead at Dyno Nobel. “We chose Office 365 for the ‘cloudification’ of our IT environment.”
Since they are so secluded, Dyno Nobel’s remote sites sometimes experience latency and low bandwidth limitations. The slow connectivity turned the organization’s migration to Office 365 from its local Network File Systems into a massive undertaking.
“Microsoft offered some migration tools that were more of a ‘lift and shift’ mentality that had us making a copy of our entire data footprint and taking it offline while it was being uploaded,” Pack said. “But our systems need to be online 24/7, 365. We needed something that could move our data continually, picking up deltas as users access their content, while also using the minimum bandwidth.”
After searching for other migration tools to complete their move to Office 365, Dyno Nobel discovered that what they truly needed was a synchronization tool.
“Looking at the functionality, we discovered that SkySync was going to be a perfect fit to keep our users online, keep our data secure and make sure we were successful with our migration,” Pack said.