Case Study: APi Group
Global Construction Company Advances Digital Transformation Initiatives and Scales File Infrastructure
APi Group is a Minnesota-based holding company that consists of four major business sectors. A corporate initiative to embrace the cloud and reduce IT infrastructure expenditures spurred IT to look for alternative storage and data protection solutions. The combination of Nasuni enterprise file services and Microsoft Azure is providing improved global file sharing, limitless storage scalability, fast DR, enhanced recovery points and times, and a shift away from capital intensive IT investments to a cloud-scale service model. Founded in 1920, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based APi Group has grown rapidly through acquisitions. Today, APi consists of 40 different companies operating within four major business sectors, including life safety products, specialty construction, infrastructure, and gas and oil pipelines. The IT group serves more than 5,000 employees spread across 200 offices in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. In recent years, the company’s file storage, access and protection solutions had begun to negatively impact daily operations as well as the company’s acquisition strategy, which required integrating new offices into the larger corporate infrastructure. End users in different locations struggled to share design files and project management documents, which limited their ability to collaborate. Data protection was no better. When employees accidentally lost or deleted files, the team was forced to spend far too much time attempting to remotely recover them. Some of APi Group’s offices are in tornadoprone regions, yet IT did not have an effective and scalable DR strategy. From a strategic standpoint, the capital-intensive NAS infrastructure clashed with the new corporate mandate to implement a more cost-effective anc elastic OPEX model that would enable the company to spin up and spin down resources on-demand.
Industry: Architecture & Construction
Object Store: Microsoft Azure
Sites: 200 Users: 5,000
Key Applications: AutoCAD,