Disaster Recovery Plan

Boston Partners Disaster Recovery Summary

As a fiduciary, Boston Partners takes seriously its obligation to protect client interests from being placed at risk as a result of its inability to provide advisory services due to a natural disaster or other events that may cause a prolonged business outage or interruption.  Boston Partners has developed a business continuity plan that is designed to ensure (i) protection of our employees; (ii) continuity and survival of Boston Partners business including but not limited to protection of client records and firm property, (iii) management control of risks and exposures, (iv) preventative measures where appropriate and (v) long-term recovery of systems and infrastructure. 

To protect employees, Boston Partners:

  • Posts emergency procedures in its offices
  • Distributes an emergency procedures sheet to all employees
  • Maintains a website that provides access to emergency procedures
  • Uses a blast call system to notify employees of emergencies and status

To ensure continued operation of its business at all times Boston Partners has instituted certain measures as summarized below:

Disaster Recovery Sites:

  • Boston Partners Boston office provides New York based employees with several seats equipped with workstations containing Boston Partners corporate PC image in cubes, offices and conference rooms and the ability to access Boston Partners core production and DR servers hosted in our primary and secondary data centers respectively.
  • Our DR hot site provides Boston Partners with 25 shared and 5 dedicated seats. The site is equipped with workstations containing Boston Partners corporate PC image and internet connectivity with secure VPN tunnels connecting to Boston Partners DR systems hosted in our DR / secondary data center and all production systems hosted in the primary production data center.

Electronic Backups

  • In our secondary / DR data center, the Firm backs up electronic records daily by using Veeam to backup to local disk which is replicated to a second disk copy at our primary production data center. The Firm also uses Symantec NetBackup to backup files to tape as well as to archive the month end Veeam backups to tape for 7 years. Tapes are stored offsite at a third-party data storage vendor. All weekly full backups are stored on disk or tape for 6 months and all month end full backups are stored offsite on tape for 7 years.
  •  In our primary production data center, the Firm backs up electronic records daily by using Veeam to backup to local disk which is replicated to a second disk copy at our secondary / DR data center. The Firm also uses Symantec NetBackup to backup files to tape as well as to archive the month end Veeam backups to tape for 7 years. Tapes are stored offsite at a third-party data storage vendor. All weekly full backups are stored on disk or tape for 6 months and all month end full backups are stored offsite on tape for 7 years.
  • Boston Partners has outsourced the middle office portfolio account administration to Northern Trust effective May 2019. The Northern Trust ‘Passport’ portal allows Boston Partners employees to securely manage accounts including report generation from a web browser or mobile device. In addition, the Northern Trust RADAR system provides access to performance reporting for our portfolio accounts and performance composites. Both applications are managed offsite by Northern Trust and are accessible via web browser or mobile device using a secure connection.
  • Boston Partners uses Zerto replication software to allow real time replication of critical virtualized systems such as CRD, PACE and Vision between our production and recovery data center. In addition, intraday data dumps are in place for any critical systems using a physical database server such as the CRD trading system to maintain an up-to-date replica of the database in the recovery data center.
  • Critical file shares are replicated up to the minute to the alternate data center for DR purposes.
  • The Boston Partners Microsoft Exchange e-mail environment in Boston is replicated up to the minute to the Ashburn data center for DR purposes and can be made available to users immediately via the internet.
  • The Boston Partners Microsoft Exchange e-mail environment journals copies of all incoming, outgoing and internal messages to the in-place hold folder for the duration of seven years. All journaled emails are searchable and nonerasable. Exchange is replicated up to the minute to the Ashburn data center for DR purposes.
  • Boston Partners uses Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. This backup solution protects any of our data stored on Microsoft’s Office 365 platform including SharePoint Online, One Drive for Business and Microsoft Teams.