Sound United, formerly D+M Group, is a global company providing innovative, high quality sound solutions. With nearly 1,000 employees spread across Asia, North America and Europe, D+M was facing rising storage and backup costs, struggling with data protection and failing to meet the file sharing and access demands of users. Once IT began looking for alternatives, Nasuni was the only platform that exceeded their requirements, and at a fraction of the cost.
My name is Scott Strickland. I’m the global chief information officer — chief geek, if you will — for D+M Group. D+M Group is Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics, and HEOS, globally, When we came in, we were a company that had grown through acquisition and basically a set of 12 different holding companies globally, and what that meant is that everybody had their own storage solution, their own data center. At one point, we actually had 62 different offices with 62 different storage solutions, so I needed to come up with a storage solution that would satisfy me globally and, ideally, do it cheaper.
Tony, my director of infrastructure, approached me one day and said, “I think we can actually do this. We can get additional services at a lower cost.”
So the first phase was to consolidate into data centers. And then, after we did that, we realized, “Well, we need something that we can replicate for disaster recovery, redundancy, and reliability purposes.” That’s where Nasuni came in. We found that Nasuni satisfied all the requirements in a way that no one else did. It had the synchronization down to the desktop if we wanted that. It had the file server access. It was integrated with active directory. It solved all of the problems, and it eliminated all the maintenance of disk drives on the servers and all the headaches with the data centers themselves. It was just — literally, it’s magic. It’s, like, in the cloud. That’s what we tell people. “It’s in the cloud.” They get a little nervous when they hear “cloud,” but then they start using it. Well, we tell them, “You’ve been on this for the last six months.” “Oh, we have?” So it’s been working very well.
If I think about the benefits of Nasuni, it really falls into two variants. One is the benefits to an end user. An end user, if they want to, is capable of self-serving. They’re able to restore their own files with a right mouse click at this point, and they don’t have to involve IS, so a whole set of benefits for them. Then, for IS, I have three or four. One of them is that I don’t have to get involved in those restorations. Two is that I never have to get involved in storage at all. It’s a black box, and it just works. Three, I now have a global solution that provides me best-in-class — I would argue — disaster recovery capabilities, and, four, it’s all leveraging a backend infrastructure that I’m comfortable with and partner with via Amazon.
You know, we went from a file server based solution and USB-based solution on people’s desktops. We now have it all saved on an encrypted system, data-at-rest and on-the-fly encryption, in the Nasuni, so it solves our security problems. It solves our storage problem. The service departments, the marketing departments, the sales departments, everyone is on it, and I’m not sure they even know, half of them, that they’re in cloud storage. It’s just completely transparent, and all of the workload associated with those servers is gone. Nasuni takes care of it for us.