Architecture, Engineering & Construction

With employees ranging from headquarters to branch and remote offices to project teams on-site, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) 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.

Protecting and Extending Access to Massive Files in the AEC Industry

Today’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) firms face many of the same challenges. Files continue to grow exponentially, both in size and sheer numbers. One of our clients has seen file sizes expand from 3 MB to 300 MB in recent years. Others deal with 300 GB files and might have as much as 15 TB of file data in production at any given time.

These complex files are the lifeblood of the business, so they must be securely stored and protected. Yet their massive size leads to massive expenses and unnecessarily time-consuming work. There are unexpected costs as well: One of our clients could only run backups on the weekends because of the bandwidth required, and even then the task was not always completed, as engineers and designers would often work those hours and tax the network themselves.

Finally, AEC firms need to be able to make files available to users regardless of their location. In many cases, employees working on the same project are based in different offices. Yet they all need high-performance access to the same data, along with the comfort of knowing that their work will not be wasted due to conflicts. Engineers and project managers need to be able to access critical business files not just at the office, but when they are visiting client sites, too. This kind of secure mobile access is critical.

The standard approaches to addressing file sprawl in the AEC industry are incredibly complex and expensive. And with file sizes only poised to increase, this problem is only going to get worse.

A Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Solution to File Sprawl

Nasuni combines the value of the cloud with the local performance and security of on-site storage. The result is a comprehensive solution that delivers unlimited scalability, built-in protection, true global file sharing and fast access for every user, from any location or device. IT has more control over the entire storage environment, across all locations and temporary job sites, than ever before. And compared to traditional storage, our AEC clients typically save 40-60%.

Unlimited File Storage – With Nasuni, capacity scales on-demand in the cloud, so our clients only pay for the storage they use. Nasuni is designed to handle every file workload, including complex AEC files, and to save money for our clients. Active files are cached locally for high performance access, while the master copy of all data is in the cloud. Older project files are accessible anytime, but they do not have to live on local hardware, which eliminates the need for a massive storage footprint and cuts costs.

Improved Collaboration – Nasuni is built on a highly scalable, cloud-centric approach to distributed file sharing, so there is no limit to the number of sites. While users enjoy fast access to locally cached data, the master copy of each file resides in the cloud, so engineers, architects and other employees in any office can easily access the same data without conflicts. With Nasuni, collaboration is fast, simple and secure.

Mobile Access – End users in every location enjoy high performance access to files, from headquarters to small regional offices or temporary job sites. Yet Nasuni also extends secure access to those same files to mobile devices – an essential feature for engineers, architects and project managers visiting client sites or working on the road.

Built-in Protection – Nasuni frequently pushes snapshots of file data to the cloud, ensuring that a complete file history is securely stored in multiple geographic locations. There is no limit to the history or number of snapshots, which prevents unexpected cost increases, and Nasuni eliminates the need for separate backup systems, redundant data centers and more.

Rapid Disaster Recovery – DR is included with Nasuni’s built-in protection. Files can be recovered in minutes in the case of business disruption or equipment failure, as one of our clients learned when a power outage shut down one of their remote offices for several days. Thanks to Nasuni, there was no impact on business productivity.

Enhanced IT Control – With the Nasuni Management Console, IT works through a single pane of glass, enabling uniform policies for backup, user access and security across the entire storage infrastructure. IT can remotely restore or recover files with a few simple clicks.

Reduced Cost and Complexity – Nasuni pushes cold data off expensive local hardware and into the cloud, eliminates expensive backup and disaster recovery systems, saves on bandwidth and WAN optimization and reduces IT complexity and hours. As a result, our AEC clients typically save 40%-60%.

Improving Collaboration and Protecting Files with Nasuni

As the size, complexity and volume of AEC files continues to grow, and teams are spread across multiple offices, IT can no longer rely on traditional file storage and data protection solutions. Architects, engineers and other employees need to be able to collaborate efficiently across offices, and they deserve fast access to files, regardless of location. Finally, IT needs a unified management platform to oversee this complex environment. Nasuni delivers the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution for storing, protecting and extending access to AEC files.

For more details on how Nasuni can help your company, take a minute to read or watch our case studies on The Walsh Group, Perkins + Will or Barry Issett & Associates, a few of our longstanding AEC clients.