JSJ implemented Nasuni to deliver local access to files, integrated, superior data protection and centralized management of data – all while driving towards a 40% reduction in file storage costs.
I’m Dave DeYoung, Vice President and CIO of JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven, Michigan. JSJ is a family-owned durable good manufacturer, 28 locations around the globe. And we make components for automobiles, aircraft, office furniture, and what we’re sitting in is product that we make. We’re looking for something to solve a dissatisfaction with our customers, and puts file services closer to the users in the field. So, and hopefully not give up what we gained with, you know, good backup processes that we got when we had it in the central environment.
And that’s where Nasuni came in, they seemed to bridge — provided the local access capabilities that we’re looking for, speed at the site, and allowed us to manage our data storage with a central group that managed data storage, you know, globally for the company.
So, the key areas where we saw Nasuni, really, not only from a service level and manageability, but also from our cost was, you know, we were maintaining fairly expensive, you know, centralized storage systems, enterprise backup systems, in our DR center. And, you know, those investments, the management of them, the people costs, the dollar investments. With Nasuni not only raising the service level, we’re looking at reducing our investment in the backup infrastructure significantly, and reducing our next cycle of investment in storage. So, we’re looking at significantly reducing the dollars invested, as we get through the end of life on our current storage systems, and our production data center.
We did a study on a five-year — and we focused on what is about nine sites right now, which is our phase one versus the other sites. We focused on the ones that had the highest need for, you know, faster file access. Just looking at that, and our investment at the head end of bandwidth. We went through a study of, you know, our current model versus the Nasuni model for those sites. And we’re estimating savings of about 40% in total, over five years. That includes backup systems, NAS storage systems, all of the maintenance all of the support, the bandwidth changes, and redirecting the file access, and synchronization of the file caches through the public Internet. So, in our case, a savings — I mentioned, it’s about $300,000 between — in comparison between the two different delivery models for file services.