Continental Structural Plastics Partners with US Signal for Disaster Recovery and Managed Cloud Services

November 7, 2018
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Leader in lightweight composite technologies uses US Signal for GDPR and J-SOX compliance mandates, cost savings and data protection 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 7, 2018 - US Signal, a leading end-to-end IT solutions provider, today announced that Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a world leader in lightweight composite technologies, has implemented US Signal Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Enterprise Cloud services. With solutions from US Signal, CSP has been able to meet its compliance mandates, reduce capital expenses and free up valuable IT resources. 

CSP has more than 50 years of experience as a plastics manufacturer supplying compression molded components to the automotive industry. The company is widely recognized for best-in-class research and development and its comprehensive engineering and design services. IT plays a vital role in enabling those capabilities, as well as protecting the company’s infrastructure and data throughout the U.S. and globally. 

Additionally, Japan-based Teijin acquired CSP in 2017. With Teijin bringing over many of their businesses to the U.S., the already stretched-thin IT staff had to deal with managing additional IT systems, new capabilities and services that required day to day support, and more locations to connect. With this increased responsibility, any downtime on CSP’s end could have had disastrous implications.

One answer for CSP was US Signal’s DRaaS and BaaS services. These managed services took the place of CSP’s current disaster recovery strategy and provided peace of mind that both downtime and potential data loss would be mitigated should a disaster occur. US Signal uses continuous data protection to continuously replicate data to a virtual data center, and if the need arises, the company can recover its data within minutes. Since both services are managed by US Signal, CSP’s IT staff is now free to focus on other company initiatives.

Additionally, US Signal’s Enterprise Cloud includes multi-tenant and private cloud services, which are fully compliant and provide CSP with guaranteed SLAs on uptime and another level of protection. US Signal houses its cloud infrastructure in its own data centers with emergency generators, redundant HVAC, and monitored secure physical access. This level of security ensures CSP will meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (J-SOX) compliance requirements, which are essential because of CSP’s international operations. 

“As we continue to see an increasing number of IT outages from natural disasters, cyberattacks and human error, having an effective disaster recovery plan and technology at the ready is more important than ever,” said Amanda Regnerus, EVP of product and services at US Signal. “Our DRaaS solution delivers organizations like CSP with near continuous block-level replication of critical workloads, and our cloud services are equipped with cutting-edge technology to guarantee data is safe and available when needed. We’re proud to partner with CSP and provide them with a complete solution to safeguard their business.”

However, CSP feels that perhaps the most valuable solution US Signal has provided them is their partnership and customer service.

“US Signal has established itself as a trusted partner to CSP,” said Kevin Connelly, director of IT operations at CSP. “I’ve worked with many of the biggest players in the communications and IT services space, and US Signal stands out because of a level of service and support that is second to none. US Signal is always ready and willing to take our calls and provide whatever support we need, which is a level of commitment that can’t be found in many of today’s companies.”  

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