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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ramboll Transitions from On-Premises File Storage to the Cloud

Nasuni Corporation has announced that Ramboll — a top architecture, engineering and consultancy firm — is the latest industry giant to make the shift to Nasuni to overcome the limitations of traditional on-premises network attached storage (NAS).

In just a few months, the company says, Ramboll has grown its usage to three petabytes, relying on Nasuni to store, protect and manage file data across 300 remote offices. The result has been simplified IT, lower costs, greater company agility and better collaboration for a user base of thousands.

Today’s AEC companies are engaged in global projects; employees around the world need to be able to collaborate on massive files in remote locations. Ramboll partners with clients to create the infrastructure behind sustainable societies, routinely drawing upon the expertise of engineers and architects from many countries.

As the firm built upon this model, slow recovery, infrastructure maintenance, insufficient scalability, application latency and data issues arose, making the shortfalls of traditional, on-premises NAS and file servers all too apparent.

Nasuni enables AEC organizations to shed legacy storage infrastructure and adopt a cloud-first approach, as well as to consolidate NAS, backup, file sync, remote access and disaster recovery silos with a single, unified global file solution.

As Ramboll’s IT leaders began researching solutions, they discovered Nasuni and the multiple capabilities of its cloud service. Nasuni consolidates all file storage silos in cloud object storage, while caching copies of frequently accessed files via lightweight Nasuni Edge Appliances wherever Ramboll needed high-performance access.

The deployment began with 200 terabytes backed by Microsoft Azure Blob storage and supported by Edge Appliances in different branches. When the pandemic hit, Ramboll’s storage needs quickly grew as all workers were remote, and now that they had unlimited capacity on-demand, deployment was increased to three petabytes.

Unstructured data has been doubling every two to three years, fueling Nasuni’s growth. The Nasuni service provides unlimited storage, fast global access, centralized management and built-in data protection. Backup is automatic and can be conducted as often as every five minutes without any impact on the production environment, and recovery is near instantaneous.

Nasuni routinely delivers all this at about half the total cost of legacy, on-premises network attached storage.


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