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King County

Secure, Taxpayer‐Friendly Data Protection in the Cloud

For King County, a major hub of business and culture in Washington state, protecting data growing by 50% a year with on-premises purpose-built appliances (PBBAs) and tape had become challenging and expensive. The county had the option of investing in a $1.1 million infrastructure refresh or transitioning to a considerably more affordable and agile cloud-based backup solution.

After investigating and comparing other cloud-based backup offerings, NetApp AltaVault cloud‐integrated storage appliances were selected as the top choice. Not only were they 70% less expensive to deploy than upgrading existing equipment, but they also supported seamless integration with AWS and the backup software the IT team was already using.

With support from NetApp partner Ednetics, two AltaVault AVA400 appliances were up and running within hours. These appliances, in conjunction with Veeam software, now enable the IT team to back up most of the county’s data infrastructure, including 700 VMware virtual machines. And with inline deduplication and compression, AltaVault appliances speed data transfer to the cloud while reducing the amount of data the county sends there by a ratio of 12 to 1. Data is also protected in flight and at rest using AES 256-bit encryption and TLS, so everything from criminal to health records remains secure.

Recovery, when needed, happens much more quickly as well, backed by AltaVault on-premises cache and AWS S3 cloud-based storage. Together they support redundant, scalable, 30-day backup repositories where everything—from an employee’s lost file to a resident’s pet licensing record to a departmental file server—can be quickly retrieved and restored if the data is lost.

With its AltaVault and AWS backup solution King County is now not only keeping records safe and accessible, it’s also conserving money. In addition to avoiding a costly infrastructure refresh and licensing costs, approximately $124,000 a year in tape, transportation, and off-site storage costs is no longer necessary. Savings are further magnified by the new solution’s deduplication and compression capabilities and competitively priced AWS storage, resulting in an additional $300,000 saved annually.

About this Customer

Located on Puget Sound in the state of Washington, and covering 2,307 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 14th most populous county in the nation.

About these Partners

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) is a rapidly growing business unit within Amazon.com that offers reliable, cost-efficient, and on-demand cloud computing services.

Ednetics Inc. specializes in integrated IT solutions and managed services for education and government entities.

Veeam Software offers advanced backup, disaster recovery, and virtualization management solutions for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

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