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Shutting Down Aging File Servers and Consolidating Infrastructure: Why Crain Deployed the Nasuni Platform

Industry: Media & Publishing

Global File System: Nasuni

Cloud Storage: Amazon S3

Use Cases:

NAS Consolidation; Cloud Backup; Cloud Disaster Recovery; M&A Integration; Multi-site File Collaboration


Shutting down aging file and print servers at 15 locations; instant file recovery; simpler management; shifting from CAPEX to flexible, cost-effective OPEX.

Crain Communications is one of the largest privately-owned business media companies in the world. Through its 23 leading media brands, including AdAge, Crain’s, and Autoweek, the company delivers news to more than 6 million global business leaders. Generating that much content translates into steady, significant growth of files and unstructured data. The forward-thinking company transitioned to a new editorial system across all its brands and used the opportunity to implement its servers in Amazon Web Services (AWS) but Crain had another, even larger problem to deal with. “All of our file and print servers across the country were aging and constantly running out of space,” explains Kristy Caldwell, Director, IT Operations at Crain. “They couldn’t really be updated, and we were spending a lot of money and time maintain them. We needed a cloud solution.” After testing and evaluating its options, Crain chose the Nasuni file storage platform.

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