The Field Museum, a leading exhibitor and an active scientific research institution, is in the process of digitizing its entire collection of 30 million items. This long-term project, along with new and ongoing research efforts, has been driving a steady but unpredictable increase in file storage volume. For a nonprofit with a small IT staff, expanding capacity through hardware was not a sustainable approach. By partnering with Nasuni, The Field Museum upgraded to unlimited, on-demand scalability, improved its data protection and saved 60%.
SAS International is a U.K.-based manufacturer of high-end metalwork, architectural ceilings and more. What started as a family-run business has evolved into a major enterprise with projects across the globe. The company was looking to move away from its aging file servers, speed up access at remote offices and find an alternative to its expensive, time-consuming backup solution. After incurring a file system infrastructure problem, SAS accelerated its search for an alternative and found that Nasuni was the only solution that met all its needs in one system.
Hull & Associates is a project development and consulting firm specializing in environmental and civil engineering, waste management and redevelopment. Recently, IT determined that Hull’s file storage infrastructure was not built for growth. Accessing large files was often tedious and slow, which hampered collaboration. Data protection was time-consuming and expensive. And file growth was outpacing capacity upgrades. After Hull & Associates evaluated numerous possibilities, the IT group determined that Nasuni offered the only solution that aligned with the larger goals of the company.
Austin Radiological Association (ARA) is the largest outpatient imaging services provider in central Texas. The firm stores almost 1 million digital studies annually for regional hospitals and medical organizations. The increasing fidelity and resolution of medical images has driven rapid growth in file sizes. ARA was quickly running out of storage capacity, and the organization realized that relying on traditional hardware was no longer sustainable. Nasuni offered a solution with unlimited scalability, simplified management and built-in protection that met ARA’s compliance standards.
Manhard Consulting is a full-service civil engineering and surveying firm specializing in government, municipal, residential and commercial projects. With 225 employees distributed across 8 national offices, Manhard relies heavily on collaboration between end users in different locations. Three years ago, the IT group was stuck with an inefficient storage system, rising backup costs and no clear Disaster Recovery policy in place. Nasuni offered a centralized file storage solution that delivers enhanced collaboration, built-in protection and significant cost savings.
D+M Group is a global company providing innovative, high quality sound solutions. With nearly 1,000 employees spread across Asia, North America and Europe, D+M was facing rising storage and backup costs, struggling with data protection and failing to meet the file sharing and access demands of users. Once IT began looking for alternatives, Nasuni was the only platform that exceeded their requirements, and at a fraction of the cost.
The Lewis Group of Companies is a real estate company with 500 employees distributed among 30 offices in California and Nevada. The IS department needed to get users their files in all the offices without compromising performance or availability. Their existing system centralized storage at Lewis’ Southern California home office, with users coming in through terminal services. Access was slow, and whenever there was an outage or issue at the home office, everyone across the company would lose access to their data.
Saint Michael’s College, located just outside of Burlington Vermont, is a selective college for the study of liberal arts and sciences. Most of the college’s IT resources directly support the needs of 3,200 staff members and students, so Saint Michael’s IT requires storage infrastructure that just works. Their existing system of storage, disaster recovery and backup was getting so complex and difficult to manage that additional outsourced help was required just to support it. Data had grown to the point where backup could not be completed in a day. With The Nasuni Service, Saint Michael’s addressed its storage infrastructure challenge with a single solution that combines storage, backup and DR with unlimited scalability that can be easily managed by one person.
The global architecture and engineering firm Environmental Systems Design, Inc., had enough capacity to handle its data. The challenge was protecting that data. The firm would often have 15TB of data in production at a given time and its existing backup solutions simply could not keep pace. After quickly outgrowing several other systems, ESD turned to Nasuni’s enterprise storage as a service. Now, thanks to Nasuni’s automated backup, which delivers unlimited versioning, fast disaster recovery and an unmatched RPO, IT can stop worrying about backup and focus on its core mission of enhancing business productivity.
The landscape architecture and planning firm TBG Partners has been growing rapidly for the past several years, and with a steadily increasing work load, storage was becoming a problem. As a result, the IT department was struggling to maintain backup and restore lost files. Slow connectivity between offices made users wait for file access, hampering productivity. TBG turned to The Nasuni Service and now enjoys built- in, automatic protection, improved collaboration between offices, unlimited scalability and enterprise-grade performance.
The consulting engineering firm, Barry Isett & Associates was looking for a way to improve file access across its organization and simplify its storage ecosystem. The large design files at the core of its business taxed the firm’s WAN acceleration technologies. Latency issues were frustrating end users, and design teams needed protected, high-performance access to files from multiple locations – including client sites.
Using The Nasuni Service, the firm now benefits from enterprise-grade performance in every office and a cost savings of 50%.
When world-class architecture and design firm Perkins+Will needed a high performance storage platform to support their global teams, they turned to Nasuni. With 24 locations around the world, traditional storage and data protection schemes were becoming expensive and difﬁcult to manage. Teams in different locations wanted access to shared project data.
Nasuni has allowed Perkins+Will to deploy a high performance storage platform that delivers data protection and synchronization at a fraction of the cost and complexity of any existing solution.
With employees ranging from headquarters to branch and remote offices to project teams on-site, Architecture, Engineering, and Construction companies know the meaning of “distributed teams” more than any other industry. Collaboration isn’t a buzzword here, it’s a real business need in a highly competitive industry. As organizations grow and teams are stretched further and further apart, AEC enterprises need a way to deliver fast access to a shared set of data worldwide.
With close to twenty offices worldwide, The Walsh Group needed a global file share that could deliver the same information to all their offices without sacrificing performance or data security. As The Walsh Group’s business has become more global in recent years, projects they are competing for require knowledge and expertise within the company, but located in different geographies. With Nasuni, The Walsh Group has increased productivity across the distributed teams by delivering shared access to a global volume with enterprise-level performance and data security.
JSJ Corporation includes several distinct businesses, which are all supported by centralized services, including IT. In order to drive maximum productivity across the company, IT is focused on delivering premium services, uniformly to all locations while maintaining the leanest IT budget possible. JSJ implemented Nasuni Storage Infrastructure as a Service to deliver local access to files, integrated, superior data protection and centralized management of data – all while driving towards a 40% reduction in file storage costs.
As an industrial manufacturer of high performance fabrics, the Cooley Group is at their most efficient when their facilities are operating – any downtime cuts into their already thin margins. To keep their machines running, all of the teams within the Cooley Group – sales, engineering, QA, and operations – need to share files across offices for reporting results, policies, and procedures. Deploying Nasuni increased productivity across the company by dramatically improving data access and replication across offices, while simplifying the IT infrastructure and delivering better business continuity.