Engineering Firm Improves Collaboration and Protection by Switching to Nasuni

Manhard-Surveying-Core-Competency-webThis is the kind of story we hear from companies all the time. Files are growing out of control. End users are struggling to collaborate across offices. The traditional storage hardware the enterprise has come to rely on creates more problems than it solves.

One of our clients, Manhard Consulting Group, a leading civil engineering and surveying firm, has 225 employees spread across 8 national offices. A few years ago, the firm was storing all of its files within separate file servers at each of these locations. Relying on hardware to store all that data was becoming untenable given the rapid growth in the size and volume of files – a common theme at any company, but especially engineering firms – and Manhard was struggling to protect all those files, too.

Inefficient Global Collaboration

But the biggest headache was collaboration. Engineers in different offices needed to be able to work on the same projects, so they needed a global file system fast, secure and conflict-free access to the same files. Not just at the office, either. Manhard’s teams wanted to be able to access their files wherever they were, from whatever device they happened to be using at the time. The company’s network of hardware file servers wasn’t making that easy. “It was very inefficient,” says Director of IT Don Willenarck. “When teams wanted to collaborate from office to office we actually had to copy data from one office to another.” The approach was a dangerous one, forcing them to generate multiple copies of files across multiple file servers.

A Globally Distributed File System

These problems are hardly unique to Manhard or engineering firms. We’re seeing them across all industries. In the past, running a file server in each office was an effective solution for that particular office, but the combination of file growth and a distributed, mobile workforce has broken that storage model. Today enterprises are looking for a service that centralizes file storage across the company. “What we found in Nasuni was the ability to store all of our data in one place and have it distributed across all the offices so teams could work efficiently between the offices and still have one central data store,” Willemarck says.

Hear directly from Don Willemarck, Director of Information Technology of Manhard Consulting

An added draw was Nasuni’s built-in protection. Manhard didn’t have a viable disaster recovery plan in place, and the firm’s backup scheme was expensive, inefficient and time-consuming. “We were spending upwards of $10,000 per year in backups,” Willemark notes. In the event of a major outage, IT would have had to recover data from tapes, which could have taken days or weeks.

Nasuni’s Enterprise File Services

Now the company enjoys a full suite of enterprise file services, including unlimited scale, continuous versioning, centralized management and more. Check out the case study to learn more about Manhard’s reasons for evaluating Nasuni, the process of switching over to a cloud-based file system and the benefits the company now enjoys in our latest case study. Or watch the video, and let us know if you’d like to learn more about how to empower your end users and simplify enterprise file storage with Nasuni.

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