Simplify operations and more efficiently serve residents by replacing tape-based backup.


Inline deduplication and compression reduces data by 7:1

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 costly. “We needed a modern approach,” says Aaron Barak, director of operations and infrastructure for King County Information Technology. “We wanted to simplify backup and recovery, and like many with conservative budgets and growing needs, we were interested in leveraging the efficiencies of the public cloud.”

After King County investigated and compared other cloud-based backup offerings, NetApp AltaVault cloud-integrated storage appliances were selected as the top choice. Not only were they 34% 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 HYPERV 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 7 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.

Together AltaVault on-premises cache and AWS S3 cloud-based storage 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 not only keeping records safe and accessible, it’s also saving money. In addition to avoiding more than $1 million infrastructure refresh and licensing costs, approximately $138,000 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.

About this Customer

King County

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.

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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