Miles & Stockbridge has always been happy to go the extra mile for its clients. The law firm is even happier to go an extra mile, or two, and do it faster following implementation of ClearSky’s backup, DR and storage service, which costs less, provides twice the storage capacity and is significantly easier to manage than its previous solution.
The effort required to manage client documents on-site pales in comparison with the challenge of keeping up with the exponential growth of data from eDiscovery, research into client IP matters and other sources that threaten to overwhelm IT staffs.
The data growth was so dramatic that Miles & Stockbridge’s IT team had to upgrade the capacity of its on-site network attached storage (NAS) solution regularly to keep up with data growth, then upgrade its backup and disaster recovery, while making sure all data solutions fulfilled strict compliance and privacy requirements and ISO requirements like multi-site backup.
The firm pushed its existing on-prem solutions up to the max, at high cost in dollars and effort. Backup and DR meant even more cost, management and storage, but there was no chance of doing without.
Miles & Stockbridge does a lot of litigation. The firm keeps most of the files in SQL Server databases – sometimes 20TB, sometimes 30TB. Lost files can negatively impact their bottom line. Miles & Stockbridge met with us when they heard we would bundle on-demand primary storage, offsite backup and disaster recovery in one lower-cost package. Then they realized what ClearSky could actually do is offer a completely different architecture that combines primary storage at an off-site location with backup and disaster recovery in one package – eliminating the need for separate processes to copy, replicate, store and recover data. Because it’s a hybrid cloud service, the firm doesn't have to own or maintain the hardware. And it's elastic, so they can use whatever capacity they need and pay only for what they use.
There are multiple locations, so the firm can come back up immediately on another site if the primary goes down for any reason. The ClearSky service relies on virtual servers and associates backups with data, not physical servers, so the recovery points can be accessed at any location.
Miles & Stockbridge has about 170 virtual servers on the ClearSky Data service, and 40TB of data, and they plan to move another 80TB, which will put almost all its critical data into three ClearSky locations to help with ISO compliance.
The ClearSky service cost about the same as Miles & Stockbridge’s NAS solution, but came with twice the storage, and eliminated backup and DR as well as the time and effort the firm spent doing manual backup, verification and recovery. Its team figures ClearSky has helped reach bottom line savings of 40 percent in data protection costs and $100,000 overall year-over-year.
We are so grateful for the tech-forward mentality of Miles & Stockbridge, as well as their continued partnership and collaboration.
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