The biggest challenge any organization faces after executing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is how to integrate newly acquired companies into the business. When most business dealings depend on sharing files – CAD drawings, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign designs, graphics, Office docs, multimedia, and more – having a file services platform that gives newly acquired businesses fast access to the parent’s files – and vice versa – can be the most important step in the M&A playbook.
With Nasuni file services, it takes hours, not months, to provide employees in newly acquired offices full read-write access to the files of the corporate parent. It also takes days, not months, to bring the file data of newly acquired companies and new offices under secure management, and make the new files available to everyone enterprise-wide.
Here are few of the technical reasons Nasuni accelerates M&A integration better and faster than traditional file services solutions, supported by real-life customer examples.
Instant Capacity Expansion
IT is often the last to know about M&A. Then you’re told you have to give a newly acquired office the ability to store files by next Monday. That doesn’t leave much time to plan, purchase, provision, and configure new file servers or NAS devices.
Nasuni file services, backed by public or private cloud object storage, enables you to expand capacity in real-time. Simply increase your Azure or Amazon cloud storage subscription, or let Dell EMC, IBM, or Hitachi know you’ll need more private cloud storage. Nasuni’s global file system, designed to scale without limits inside cloud storage, will automatically expand to use the new capacity.
1HQ Brand Agency provides packaging design, product innovation, and shopper engagement services to customers in 35 countries. Heinz, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Nespresso are just a few of its clients. To facilitate the agency’s strategic expansion plans, the IT team wanted to minimize high office startup costs and slow-to-set-up hardware.
With Nasuni, 1HQ can now bring a newly acquired office online, connect it to the global file system, and grant secure access to the same files as the creative teams at headquarters – all in a day, and for a fraction of the cost of provisioning and protecting an office using traditional storage hardware.
Explains 1HQ IT Manager Sean Probets, “We started with a Nasuni edge appliance VM running in our New York office. That became the template for all our offices because they are easy to spin up. And the VMs don’t need a lot of physical hardware behind them because they are only caching the frequently used files.”
Rapid Remote File Server Deployment
The next big M&A challenge is giving newly acquired offices access to the parent’s corporate file shares. Oh, and that will also be needed by next Monday. Now, IT is faced with having to replicate file storage from the data center to the new remote office, or provide remote access to the data center. These traditional approaches require costly, time-consuming purchase and deployment of file storage, replication software, MPLS bandwidth, and WAN acceleration tools. And they won’t be in place by next Monday.
Nasuni’s global file system delivers file storage wherever it is needed, in minutes. Because Nasuni edge appliances cache just the active files, they typically require only 20% of the capacity of a full-sized file server. The appliances can be virtual or physical, and once setup, they use affordable, high speed internet bandwidth to securely and automatically synchronize files from object storage to the newly acquired office, giving new workers LAN-speed access to group shares, project directories, and home drives. They support the same CIFS and NFS file sharing protocols as traditional file servers and NAS devices, so existing drive mappings and scripts can be leveraged.
Says Brian Erickson, IT Implementation Manager at global construction company APi Group, “Now, when we buy a new company, we simply deploy Nasuni edge appliances at the new offices to establish permissions and shares. The new locations join the global file share in minutes. The combination of Nasuni and Azure are really helping IT accelerate the company’s merger and acquisition strategy, which is helping APi Group achieve its broader business goals.”
Support for Multiple Active Directory and LDAP Implementations
When one company acquires another, integrating file storage is only one part of IT’s challenge. Integrating directory services requires just as much time-consuming, expensive work. This is because each company has its own unique Active Directory or LDAP setup. Reconfiguring Active Directory and LDAP settings and rearchitecting legacy, device-based file storage to use a new merged directory can take weeks or months to complete. Until this is finished, the acquiring and acquired companies will not have common access to critical files.
Nasuni supports multiple Active Directory and LDAP domains, enabling both the parent company and the acquired company to leverage the same global file system, each using their existing authentication and access policies.
Comments Jason Benway, Data Center Architect at global manufacturing company JSJ Corporation, “We are a global business with subsidiaries located around the world. As we acquire new companies, we need to be able to share files quickly across the new businesses. This has been complicated by our complex Active Directory Forest. But with Nasuni’s multiple domain support, we can easily share files across the world. When we open or acquire a new office, I can easily give them fast, local access to our global file system without a lot of reconfiguration. Nasuni saves my team an astonishing amount of time and headaches.”
Rapidly growing organizations shouldn’t have to put their businesses on pause because their file storage systems can’t work at their speed. With Nasuni, the day after an acquisition closes, IT can bring the acquired company’s files into the global file system, and give all employees of the acquired organization full, read-write access to the parent company’s files.
Make Nasuni’s global file system part of your M&A playbook. You’ll accelerate file sharing and collaboration to make the new company quickly accretive to your business. And you’ll spend a lot less IT time and money doing it.