Element Four is bringing cloud business back to Michigan.

Element Four recently completed a project for Dominion Systems--a software as a service (SaaS) company based in Grand Rapids, MI. Their software enables businesses to do their payroll, time and attendance, and HR processes on one easy-to-use platform.

Technology is vital to Dominion’s day to day operations—their cloud environment is at the centerpiece of their business model. Dominion recognizes that in order for their business to operate successfully, their cloud environment needs to be built for 100% uptime.  

Prior to partnering with Element Four, Dominion Systems had been hosting their cloud environment at a data center in Pennsylvania. They relied on an out of state service provider to help them maintain their environment-- but were unhappy with the quality of support they were receiving.

As Dominion’s client base grew, so did their need for a more advanced and efficient cloud platform. Dominion noticed that some of their critical systems were beginning to lag and use more resources than before. They understood that their cloud environment needed an upgrade to keep up with their growing client base.

Dominion’s former service provider was unable to provide them with a cost effective and reliable plan to scale their environment, which lead Dominion to seek out another IT service provider. Dominion decided to partner with Element Four due to the team’s knowledge of virtual environments.

Element Four has over ten years of experience assisting clients with Colocation Services. Their professional services team has worked on hundreds of data center deployments and migrations throughout the continental US, including numerous installations at both Switch Grand Rapids and Switch Las Vegas.

Element Four outlined a detailed plan to migrate Dominion’s entire virtual environment from their data center in Pennsylvania to Element Four’s cloud environment located in Switch’s Pyramid Campus, a Tier 5 Platinum data center located in Kentwood, MI.

Element Four leveraged Veeam replication to facilitate the data migration and was able to complete Dominion’s virtual server migration with almost zero downtime. In addition, the migration was done after business hours to ensure that Dominion’s employees and customers would not experience disruption in their services.

Now Dominion’s entire virtual environment is managed in Element Four’s private cloud in the Switch Pyramid and replicated to Switch’s facility in Las Vegas. Dominion’s systems are now running more efficiently and only using half the resources that they were previously using in the same environment.

To Learn more about the Dominion Project, download a PDF of the case study below: