Finally, given that a significant amount of the data a law firm manages may end up in court as evidence, a reliable audit trail is also needed to show who had access and when data was altered.
Firm faces rigid storage challenges
Miles & Stockbridge, an AmLaw 200 firm based in Baltimore, was facing all of these challenges and searching for a solution. One case alone could require up to 20 to 30 TB of capacity, plus whatever extra would be needed to store backups.
As Ken Adams, CIO of Miles & Stockbridge, said, “Backing that data up requires a lot of storage, and cloud backup isn’t cost-effective because it takes too long to restore. Before ClearSky Data, as a disaster recovery implementation plan, we first reverted to backup. Then we had to do the restore process, which can take from a half-hour to two hours depending on the server, file and finding the right version. The backup technologies were not able to serve our needs quick enough.”
Read our press release, detailing the ROI Miles & Stockbridge experienced with ClearSky Data
With ClearSky, a single, durable copy of Miles & Stockbridge’s data is stored in multiple places within the public cloud, but apps and end-users who want to access data don’t need to pull it down from Amazon AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. Instead, the ClearSky service makes the data available via its dedicated network with flash performance and no egress fees. The ClearSky network is comprised of fully-managed 2U appliance installed in the customer’s data center that is connected to a ClearSky point of presence (PoP) at the edge via dedicated and diverse fiber lines directly connected to the public cloud of the customer’s choice. Hot and warm data are kept at the edge while all data is stored in the cloud. And, ClearSky’s patented Smart Tiered Caching ™ technology ensures that data is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there. This unique service architecture is what allowed Miles & Stockbridge to dramatically reduce their storage footprint.
Data Storage Independence
When it comes to data protection, ClearSky securely stores all data in the cloud every ten minutes with no impact on the production environment. Recovery takes mere minutes, even for extremely large data sets.
“Not having to backup our documents daily lifted a huge responsibility from our shoulders,” noted Adams. “There’s no longer any need to watch backups to make sure they succeed. Everything is verified as soon as we write it. It took a while to grasp, but once we saw how our backup headaches could be eliminated, we wondered why we didn’t we do this earlier.”
Read how ClearSky makes backup independence a reality
Last, but certainly not least, there’s security.
ClearSky encrypts all data at rest and in transit, with only the customer controlling the keys. Not even ClearSky has access to the data. What’s more, ClearSky never transmits data over the public internet, but instead exclusively uses private lines, which improves both security and performance. What’s more, ClearSky provides a complete audit log, so Miles & Stockbridge can demonstrate that data was appropriately handled, a key consideration for any law firm’s storage strategy.
Law firms don’t have to suffer from data storage headaches. By combining the edge with the cloud, ClearSky provides a complete storage service that enables IT to focus on strategic initiatives that add business value, instead of maintaining, managing and babysitting storage and data protection infrastructure.
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