Opportunity

Cost-efficient and easy to maintain storage in the cloud.

Results

 

power savings vs. ExaGrids

Products & Solutions

Wright-Pierce

Award-winning engineering firm finds better approach to business growth with cloud-integrated storage.

For the past 10 to 15 years, Wright-Pierce has been actively growing its business beyond the company’s Maine headquarters southward to serve the entire Northeast. The firm has been very successful in winning contracts throughout the region. It has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including seven consecutive Circle of Excellence awards from the consulting firm PSMJ Resources, Inc.—a first for any company.

The firm’s growth is driving a corresponding increase in the amount of data that must be backed up and stored. When its original tape system became outdated and difficult to maintain, the firm went to ExaGrid disk-to-disk backup. This improved the speed of restores but fell short in other ways. A technical issue with one of the appliances destroyed a great deal of data.

The transition from on-premises data storage to cloud storage was the simple matter of choosing and connecting to a cloud host (Wright-Pierce chose Amazon S3), installing the AltaVault solution, and directing the company’s Backup Exec software to the appliance.

Restore times are much faster when the data is pulled from AltaVault compared to tapes, and about the same as restore times from the ExaGrid system. As a result of AltaVault’s efficient caching architecture, Sirois hasn’t yet had to do a restore from the cloud.

Cost is another area in which the AltaVault and Amazon cloud solution makes more sense, especially given the competition among the major cloud storage providers. Sirois was previously paying Amazon $700 to $800 per month to store 10 terabytes of data. Amazon’s recent price reduction (from 7.5 cents/gigabyte/month to 3 cents/gig/month) reduced Wright-Pierce’s monthly fee to approximately $300.

About this Customer

Wright-Pierce is an award-winning engineering firm specializing in water, wastewater, and infrastructure services for public and private clients. The firm is employee-owned, with 200 engineers and support professionals located in 7 offices.

About this Partner

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a dynamic, growing business unit within Amazon.com. AWS offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services that enable you to run virtually everything in the cloud -- from enterprise applications and big data projects to social games and mobile apps.

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