Before cloud, the storage refresh cycle was an unfortunate reality for every enterprise. At some point, as you started to fill up your local disk space, you’d need to buy more expensive hardware, then deal with licensing, migration and other upgrade-related headaches. All the while you knew you’d have to revisit the process in three or four years. But that’s no longer the case, as one of our clients discovered in switching to Nasuni Enterprise File Services. With a storage refresh looming, the company was searching for a way to reduce backup costs, improve disaster recovery and avoid a continued expansion of their storage footprint. What they found was that cloud-integrated storage can go beyond affordable capacity and protection, introducing entirely new functionalities for the modern, distributed enterprise. The company is a perfect example of how storage can be transformed into a true enterprise asset.
The client in this case is a financial services firm with offices on two continents. Initially, the company evaluated solutions from a handful of legacy vendors, including EMC, NetApp and Dell. Compliance is a critical concern. The firm has to store and retain documents and records for extended periods, and in the past, this was expensive, time-consuming and overly complex. Once IT studied the enterprise market, however, they saw that switching to enterprise storage could cure this headache entirely.
IT migrated general office documents, user home directories, video/graphics files and legal files into Nasuni. Since Nasuni works with standard access protocols and maintains local performance, end users haven’t seen any difference. To most employees, it just works.
With Enterprise File Services, IT can now take comfort in the fact that data protection is automatic, and infrequently accessed files are stored securely and cost-effectively in the cloud. These files don’t take up space in expensive local disks and they don’t need to be moved to tape and stored offsite. Should the company ever have to restore data for compliance reasons, IT will be able to do so with a single click. Overall, IT has become more productive as a result. The simplified management of Nasuni has given them more time to focus on high-value projects.
Yet it’s the added functionality – the capabilities that aren’t possible with traditional storage or a direct interface with the public clouds – that makes Nasuni a radically different kind of enterprise storage. The geographic gulf between the company’s offices no longer seems so great with Nasuni’s cloud-centric global file sharing capability, which enables distributed and mobile access to data. Now it’s easier for end users in different locations to collaborate.
All this added functionality did not come with increased costs. The company paid back its investment in Nasuni in less than six months and reduced CAPEX for IT storage by up to 74%. So what does all this add up to? In short, storage is no longer a burden on the company. With Nasuni, storage is allowing the enterprise and its IT staff to thrive.