Boston (ots/PRNewswire) – Leading architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) companies such as AECOM, McKim & Creed, and Coffman Engineers are increasingly relying on Nasuni for cloud file storage and access from locations around the world, increasing the year-over-year growth in AEC data more than 50% increases
Nasuni Corporation, a leader in cloud file storage solutions, today detailed its architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) surge. The Nasuni cloud file storage platform enables AEC organizations to move from silos for local network attached storage (NAS) to the cloud, enabling rapid global access. In addition, there is unlimited storage capacity, central management from any location and integrated data protection – all at around half the total cost
Today’s AEC companies are on the cutting edge of data management and data is their core intellectual property. They manage projects that involve working from different locations and employees need to be able to collaborate on the rapidly growing file data that their businesses depend on, no matter where they are. At the same time, the industry is facing major challenges. Margins are small at just 5.5% of sales, and the cost of building non-residential buildings has soared to its highest level in history, according to the Turner Building Cost Index.
Companies in the AEC industry are increasingly relying on Nasuni, which is supported by AWS, Azure or Google object storage, as this increases their flexibility and efficiency while at the same time halving the total cost of file storage compared to traditional on-premises solutions. The hybrid cloud combination of an object storage backend with edge performance for local performance is just right for the needs of AEC companies. AEC customers have an average of 21 Nasuni Edge Caching Appliances in 10 locations. Larger companies even have more than 470 edge appliances in almost 50 locations. As a result, the amount of AEC data stored and protected at Nasuni has grown by more than 50% year over year.
“Data protection was just as cumbersome. Every evening, on-site staff at each branch performed tape backups. The volume of business files grew so quickly that the backups took until the next day. Data was written to the servers while the backups were being made still running, “explains Rick Brock, network administrator at Hull & Associates, a project development and engineering consultancy specializing in the environmental, energy and infrastructure markets. Hull & Associates is an ENR Top 200 environmental company. Thanks to Nasuni’s continuous file versioning, file backup is now integrated with no additional effort or expense.
Effortless collaboration on large files and automatic data protection
Equally important for architecture, engineering and construction is the ability to share the many huge files that are of central importance for your company regardless of their location and to be able to work on them together at full power. These files include Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D plans, site photos, and videos. With such performance requirements, most cloud storage options fail.
Charles Douglass, Head of IT at McKim & Creed said, “Nasuni helped us transition to work from home by giving us easy access to the data that was consolidated across all of our 22 offices.” We access our data using a variety of methods, including direct from workstations, remote control tools, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), depending on the application. Whichever tool we use, Nasuni gives us a common backplane for easy data storage and retrieval. “
Because AEC file data doubles every two to three years and is usually stored in many different silos, protecting this data is extremely expensive and complex. Nasuni enables continuous data protection, which greatly reduces recovery time and recovery point goals.
“Backups and storage are much easier now. I don’t have to worry about them too much, and that’s a huge benefit,” said Greg Nicols, chief technology officer at TBG Partners, a large landscape architecture firm. “We plugged in these Nasuni Edge devices and they literally back up everything, all the time, instantly, and that’s really wonderful when you’re used to conventional tape backups and old-school restores.”
Other major AEC companies that count on Nasuni include:
“Nasuni has seen significant growth and success in the AEC industry as our solution solves the file data and collaboration challenges most companies in the industry face,” said Russ Kennedy, chief product officer, Nasuni. “With a cloud-based approach, regardless of the number of locations, our customers can easily synchronize files across continents and cloud regions, maintain a high level of productivity, consolidate complex data silos and sleep peacefully at night as all of their data is automatically protected . Our architecture enables us to offer all of these features at a fraction of the cost of legacy hardware-based systems and other cloud-based solutions. “
Information on Nasuni
Nasuni offers modern cloud file storage based on the world’s only cloud-native global file system. Nasuni is a cloud replacement for traditional NAS and file server silos (NAS stands for Network Attached Storage) that consolidates file data at a fraction of the cost in an easily expandable cloud object storage. Nasuni also eliminates the need for complex legacy backup and disaster recovery infrastructures and greatly simplifies IT administration. Companies and organizations around the world rely on Nasuni to easily access and share files around the world from the office, home or on the go. Sectors served by Nasuni include manufacturing, construction, creative services, technology, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, oil and gas, financial services, and public sector government. Nasuni is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and provides services in over 70 countries around the world. You can find more information at www.nasuni.com.
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