Media Company Replaces Dropbox with CentreStack for Business Continuity
One of our MSP partners recently asked us to help them demo CentreStack to a customer that specialized in construction photography. The company had generated more than 10 TB of data as they documented the construction of skyscrapers in New York. This data was stored on their local file server but they needed a way to solve three issues:
- Remote photographers needed to sync their photos, videos and reports back to the file server.
- The photos, videos and reports stored on the file server needed to be shared clients and other users who were not a part of their organization.
- Data on the file server should be preserved in an offsite backup.
Their service provider found CentreStack and tested a design which involved deploying CentreStack in AWS and connecting it to Wasabi storage to provide them with a cloud file server. They found that this met all 3 requirements for synchronization, sharing and offsite replication. And it also eliminated the risk of prolonged outages for two reasons:
- The CentreStack endpoints sync on-demand so they only download data when it's needed.
- The CentreStack server can satisfy requests for files from the cloud copy or from the file server.
So they realized that CentreStack's sync worked better for file servers but even if it didn't, the architecture meant that they would never get stuck waiting for the file server and cloud to resync with each other. Instead, CentreStack would automatically use the file from the file server if the cloud copy was missing or out of date.Cloud Backup feature. When they selected the default choice of backing up to CentreStack's Backup Cloud, there's the added benefit that if their main site goes down, they can redirect endpoints to connect to https://backup.centrestack.com to continue working. And this feature is included for no additional cost, just a nominal charge of 3 cents per GB with no charge for ingress and egress!
They loved this solution for several reasons:
- Their workflow no longer perfect maintenance of synchronization 100% of the time. Instead, they just worked from a single copy of the data.
- CentreStack's mapped drives made remote users feel like they were still in the office.
- They still got the offsite replication in case of office outages but their daily workflow was no longer dependent on the cloud sync. If there were sync issues, they could be resolved without disrupting daily work.