M+W Group and AECOM transform multisite collaboration with IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nasuni

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Nasuni IBM Cloud Object StorageFor a fast-growing global business, employee headcount, office locations and project opportunities can expand quickly. With an increase in projects and business opportunities, there’s no time to waste on slow file sharing or unreliable recovery.

File sharing among business units in different locations can be difficult, with IT staff managing a combination of traditional network-attached storage (NAS), file servers, backup, replication and remote access.

IBM and Nasuni recently signed a reseller agreement that enables IBM to offer Nasuni’s global file system to customers worldwide, enabling global teams to collaborate seamlessly, no matter where in the world they’re located. This gives IBM a complete, end-to-end unstructured data management solution with IBM Cloud Object Storage as the underlying object storage platform. Nasuni’s global file system provides high-performance Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS)  access, high-speed file synchronization and advanced data protection across geographically distributed locations.

Major companies are already using IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nasuni for multisite file sharing and collaboration. Here are two examples from the architecture, engineering and design industry:

M+W Group enhances client service

M+W Group, a global leader in specialized engineering and construction services, has turned to IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nasuni to unite its global locations under a single file system to help 6,000 employees collaborate on international projects in 30 countries around the world.

The joint IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nasuni solution provides M+W with scalable file storage capacity, high-performance file access and high-speed file synchronization, improving collaboration on complex computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) files across multiple sites.

Nasuni’s continuously versioning file system also provides M+W Group’s 45 active sites with advanced data protection that meets the company’s aggressive recovery point and recovery time objectives.

“One of the strengths of our business is the number of engineering specialists we can call upon to support our clients,” said Herman Muliady, head of ICT, Global for M+W Group. “We need to be able to form dynamic, cross-functional teams made up of these specialists no matter where they are located. This cannot be accomplished without a fast, efficient way to store and share files. We’re now a year into our deployment, and we’re pleased with how much easier this solution is for our IT team to manage.”

AECOM accelerates large-scale projects

AECOM,the largest global design firm in the world,has more than 600 locations and nearly 88,000 employees. Its major projects include One World Trade Center, Los Angeles International Airport, the China National Convention Center, NASA’s Langley Research Center and the United Arab Emirates’ first national railway.

With file data growing rapidly and a vital need for multisite project collaboration, AECOM is deploying Nasuni enterprise file services powered by IBM Cloud Object Storage to enable its many billable teams to collaborate without replication or remote access delays. The solution, delivered by IBM Global Services, is uniting all project and group shares under Nasuni’s global file system.

AECOM’s Cleveland office is already seeing benefits, which include:

  • Opening a CAD document in a remote office before Nasuni and Cloud Object Storage would take 15 to 45 minutes. Now, it takes between five and 20 seconds.
  • Backups were previously slow and unreliable, with full backups once a month and daily incrementals that required constant administration. Now, files are continuously versioned every four hours by Nasuni’s global file system with just small fragments of file changes stored in Cloud Object Storage. It is automatic, highly reliable, and provides better recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs).

“Given AECOM’s size, there have been a wide range of file storage challenges, from struggles to collaborate on key apps like Revit and ProjectWise across geographies, to the inability to effectively scale storage to meet business needs, to inconsistent and unreliable backups at the edge,” said Senior Global Director of Storage and Backup for AECOM Rohn Noirot, now with IBM Global Services as part of AECOM’s outsourcing contract with IBM. “IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nasuni have already helped overcome these challenges in AECOM’s Cleveland office, and the end users have noticed.”

One AECOM project architect offered the following feedback to Noiroit: “As a heavy CAD user, I’m happy to report that we have seen enormous improvement in our workflows. I am able to work normally on my projects whether I’m in Cleveland or other Midwest offices. It’s made a world of difference.”

How will your company benefit?

If you are challenged by the growth of files in your enterprise, particularly around key applications that drive your business, and you are ready for a modern private or public cloud solution, talk to an IBM representative. They will help you turn a traditional file infrastructure that is costly, complex and hard to scale, into a modern global file infrastructure that is cost effective, easy to manage and infinitely scalable.

Get started with Nasuni and Cloud Object Storage and learn more about IBM Cloud Object Storage.

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