Hull & Associates is a project development and consulting firm specializing in environmental and civil engineering, waste management and redevelopment. In recent years, as the company expanded, IT determined that Hull’s file storage infrastructure was not built for growth. Accessing large files was often tedious and slow, which hampered collaboration. Data protection was time-consuming and expensive. And file growth was outpacing capacity upgrades. After Hull & Associates evaluated numerous possibilities, the IT group determined that Nasuni offered the only solution that met its needs and aligned with the larger goals of the company.
My name is Kevin Wildman, I’m the IT Director for Hull & Associates. We’re an environmental engineering company with seven offices and I’m responsible for IT operations at all of them.
As Hull & Associates expanded, we have more offices we had more projects where we need to pull from expertise at different locations so we started working more collaboratively together. It created a lot of problems for us when we would have a file hosted in our Dublin office and we have employees in Cleveland working on that file. Latency especially with our drawings was horrible. We do a lot of work with GiS aerial imagery, which can be two gigs and latency on that just makes it completely unusable.
We looked at a lot of different technologies, we looked at WAN optimization and stuff like that. Nothing really fit for our type of use to be able to give people the ability to work on files together and still feel like they were sitting on a local server.
Having everything on Nasuni now really helps our workflow from the IT standpoint and everything is consistent. It’s located in one spot and the data volume is actually in the cloud hosted on Azure services so we can actually see where our data is, how much is synced, how much hasn’t synced. So we actually have a lot better view of how the data in the entire company is being managed as opposed to trying to look after seven servers at seven different offices.
Just in hardware and maintenance agreements, licensing, and not having to pay for all the tape backup storage and the time associated with that, we’re probably saving about 60% on our operational costs with Nasuni. I think any organization that deals with a lot of data or has a workforce that is separated and it needs to work collaboratively would benefit from using Nasuni.