Simplifying the Storage Ecosystem
The engineering and consulting 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 common to its business had 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. With Nasuni’s Enterprise File Services solution, the firm now benefits from enterprise-grade performance in every office, enhanced collaboration, automatic protection, mobile access, and simplified IT management, all at a reasonable cost.
Jim Bonczek: My name is Jim Bonczek, I am the IT manager for Barry Isett & Associates, headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Barry Isett & Associates is a full service engineering and consulting engineering firm. We have — on staff, we have professional engineers from civil survey, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing. We have licensed landscape architects. We have environmental scientists. We have professional surveyors, construction specialists. Pretty much everything but architecture, we have in the house.
We have five sights. So, you know, our workforce and our teams are distributed. And we often have professionals from multiple offices working on the same project. We had some pain points going back, initially when we had servers in every office. They had storage locally, which ended up causing problems with backups. We wouldn’t get good backups because we were relying on, you know, a non-IT person at a branch office to rotate tapes and make sure that kind of stuff happens. From there, we moved to centralizing our storage back at our headquarters.
As time went on, you know, introducing Revit and 3D modeling and, you know, increasing the size of our files that our designers and engineers are using, it just got to be really problematic having central storage. We were looking at a couple solutions. We were looking at, you know, potentially moving to, you know, VDI. We were looking at just, you know, increasing bandwidth, you know, between — between the sites moving from MPLS to, you know, maybe even moving to fiber and getting away from copper. And then we ran across Nasuni. It was recommended to me by one of our sales reps that — the third party that we work with SHI.
As soon as we trailed Nasuni, I knew it was going to, you know, really change the way that we could do things. You know, we were looking, you know, before at, you know, moving to maybe fiber and getting, you know, 25 megabits, you know, file ax across our WAN, but with Nasuni and local — local storage, we have gigabit access, you know, from the local offices. You know, we — the sink and replication, keeping all the data, you know, across the board the same. And the best part is, you know, because we used a fro– a Microsoft DFS infrastructure to front the storage, the users didn’t even notice the difference.
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You know, since we’ve integrated Nasuni, we’re still, you know, migrating some of our data. So we’re not 100% rollout. But, you know, just from what we have from an administrative standpoint, it’s made my life a heck of a lot easier. You know, there’s no more — as I said earlier, you know, managing backups for different servers. It’s integrated. The, you know, self restore capabilities, you know, for an end user, rather than having to come to IT, you know, to look, for backups from Veeam or backups from tape. You know, that’s the self service aspect, you know, from shadow copy that we can deliver to the end user is, you know, far better than what we did before based on, you know, individual server infrastructure.