The global architecture and engineering firm Environmental Systems Design, Inc., had enough capacity to handle its data. The challenge was protecting that data. The firm would often have 15TB of data in production at a given time and its existing backup solutions simply could not keep pace. After quickly outgrowing several other systems, ESD turned to Nasuni’s enterprise storage as a service. Now, thanks to Nasuni’s automated backup, which delivers unlimited versioning, fast disaster recovery and an unmatched RPO, IT can stop worrying about backup and focus on its core mission of enhancing business productivity.
Mark Anderson: My name is Mark Anderson, and I’m Vice President of Information Technology here at Environmental Systems Design. Environmental Systems Design, or we call it ESD, is about 280 employees, which about — I’d say, maybe 140 are engineers. And we do architectural engineering.
Our challenge, from a storage perspective, was not really the storage, and we could buy the storage. We had enough storage, but our biggest problem was the backup, and protecting that storage. So, I said, “Why don’t we start looking at cloud solutions? It seems that it’s about time that cloud solutions could start making sense.” We looked at Nasuni, some of the things that really stuck out were the ability to go back in history to the first day we put the data on the cloud servers, the filer, and backed up in the cloud. So, we were able to go back all the way to the first day, which — without any additional charge, that they would help us get this thing up and running at no additional charge, so they didn’t charge us for that. And we just had to pay for our base amount of data storage. And it was a reasonable price.
So, it was real easy to get started with them, because there was not a lot of upfront costs, except for the cost of purchasing the storage itself. So, we got a lot of big advantages there that we were looking for, actually, much more than we were looking for from the other vendors, we didn’t think we would be able to get some of the things that Nasuni was able to offer us. And so, we just made it a lot — we thought it was a logical choice to go forward with that.
In general, the user experience has been really good, from the fact that they don’t really notice any difference. You know, there’s no performance problems using this filer concept. That’s another thing that I really liked about it, was this solution wasn’t just going — putting all our data in the cloud, and then trying to go to the cloud to get the data, because I didn’t think we’d have the bandwidth to handle all of the data that we’re trying to do. So, the Nasuni filer local, with the back end pushing up and down to the cloud, that’s a beautiful solution, that really worked out for us, because we had the high performance. There has not been any performance issues with anybody either. We don’t see it slowing down at all. The user experience has been good.