The Challenge: Share Growing Data Volumes
Ballast Nedam was faced with the challenge of managing growing amounts of data across over 45 construction sites. Each site would require efficient relocation once projects were completed. The company wanted to cost-effectively consolidate all of its storage needs while improving remote data access functionality.
Ballast Nedam’s total data storage needs stood at approximately 73TB. Over the last 5 years, the company has experienced over 100% of data growth, year on year. Due to the nature of construction work, the company is unable to discard much of its old data. For example, various iterations of specific building and engineering drawings must be kept for future insurance claims. As such, not only was Ballast Nedam’s previous solution technically struggling to keep up with this growth, but it was also becoming increasingly costly to maintain. Additionally, whenever a building project begins, a remote Ballast Nedam office and corresponding IT system must be set up at the construction site: The burgeoning amounts of data that needed to be accessed would make this process increasingly complex.
Alongside the technical challenges, the company’s employees were experiencing challenges with the limitations of their file sharing capabilities. For Ballast Nedam employees, the ability to share files such as architectural drawings and regulatory information quickly and securely across all remote sites is a fundamental requirement. However, its previous IT system had reached full disk capacity and could not support this capability across all of the company’s locations. On the sites where it was possible, it was a complicated process for the user and expensive for the company.
As such, Ballast Nedam realized it needed to deploy a new data storage solution that would cost-effectively give the company flexibility for its current data-intensive needs. At the same time, the solution needed to prepare for the rapidly expanding amounts of data to come.
During its search for a new solution, Ballast Nedam evaluated all the leading storage solutions available on the market. The company was looking for a flexible system to enable data to be stored centrally, but remain easily accessible from any of its many remote sites. It also required a high-performance solution that would allow flexible and fast sharing of critical files between users, regardless of their location, while still offering the highest levels of security.
The company’s fast-growing volumes of data also meant that Ballast Nedam was looking to expand capacity with a costeffective solution that would provide the best total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution would also need to ensure that previously rapidly escalating associated costs could be controlled. Furthermore, as the company continued to grow, it required scalability to future-proof its expansion.
During its search process, Ballast Nedam worked with Hitachi TrueNorth Partner PQR, the largest channel partner Hitachi has in the Netherlands. Following an extensive evaluation into which systems would meet its requirements, the company chose Hitachi.