After researching solutions, G&S chose to implement AvePoint’s DocAve Software Platform. “Though replication was our foremost need, we were facing other challenges as well,” McCulloch said. “DocAve offered the broadest toolset in order to meet our SharePoint infrastructure management requirements.”
DocAve Replicator allows organisations to ensure optimal SharePoint performance and content availability with real-time and scheduled publication and synchronisation. “Our workers at local offices and project sites need access to various controlled documents from our intranet, such as forms, templates, and procedures,” McCulloch said. “We schedule one-way replication of these documents from our primary farm to our site farms to take place over night.”
G&S employees at remote sites use templates from the intranet such as the Job Safety and Environmental Analysis (JSEA) template, and create project-specific documents which they can collaborate on with colleagues at the G&S headquarters and local offices. With DocAve, G&S administrators were able to set up live, real-time replications of the content whenever items were updated, ensuring employees were collaborating on the current versions of documents no matter where they were accessed. “By ensuring certain information is available to key individuals at all times, DocAve helps facilitate business-critical collaboration across headquarters, offices, and sites,” McCulloch said. “It is important to ensure the latest information out on project sites is available to project controllers and Health Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) advisors in Mackay.”
DocAve also allows G&S to monitor the performance and quality of its replication operations with its Health Analyser feature. G&S administrators can control performance and network traffic over its satellite connections with DocAve’s data compression and advanced network control capabilities. “With DocAve, we have the ability to make sure we only use one third of the bandwidth when replications take place over night,” McCulloch said.
DocAve Backup and Restore gives G&S business-aware and comprehensive protection of its SharePoint environment by backing up its SharePoint content, customisations, and applications with full fidelity. Using DocAve, G&S schedules a full backup of its primary farm outside of business hours every day. DocAve also enabled G&S to quickly recover critical documents, sites, or subsites granularly and directly to the original media and limit business disruption. “DocAve’s granular restoration capabilities allow us to recover site collections in one third of the time it would take with SharePoint’s native functionality,” McCulloch said.
Throughout its use of DocAve, G&S administrators always relied upon AvePoint’s live, 24/7 technical support team and the account management team. “AvePoint’s support team has been fantastic. They’re quick to respond and always help solve any issues we encounter,” McCulloch said. “AvePoint’s account executive was supportive in providing flexible licensing that suits our unique requirements with the project sites.”