Architectural Firm PCA Reduces NetApp Filer Offsite Backup Costs by Half with Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

Previous Backup Solution is Replaced by to Cut Costs by More Than 50 Percent and Virtually Eliminate Time Spent Managing Offsite Backup and Recovery

Sunnyvale, CA, July 25, 2013 --( today announced that Prellwitz Chilinski Associates Inc. (PCA) has selected’s cloud server backup and disaster recovery (DR) to replace PCA's NetApp filer offsite backup solution, resulting in dramatically lower costs and less management time. Since deploying, the 45-person architecture firm - with a 30-year track record of award-winning designs - has seen a 50 percent cost reduction and a 90 percent improvement in time spent on backup management compared to its previous backup solution.

PCA’s IT environment is centered around a NetApp FAS2240 storage appliance, using about half of its 13TB capacity to manage the large graphics files they generate and manipulate using resource intensive applications like Autodesk’s Revit building information modeling (BIM) program, rendering programs including Sketch-Up and 3ds Max Design, and the Adobe CS6 suite of products.

“Architecture, by its nature today, is data-intensive,” said Dan Carp, systems administrator, PCA. “Each project can include a myriad of photographs, sketches, plans, renderings, 3D models, schedules, materials lists, transmittals and more. A given project could have upwards of 150GB of data.” Carp pointed out that in addition to the volume of data that the firm produces, they have a large flow of data exchanged internally and with clients, general contractors, sub-consultants and others.

This critical data needs to be reliably protected for easy access and recovery in the event of downtime or a natural disaster. Therefore backup is an important piece of PCA’s IT management, requiring adjustment and adaptation as technology evolves.

On-premise, PCA is using NetApp's versioning feature to provide easy access to previous file versions. However, PCA recognizes that offsite backup is essential to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery if anything happens to the primary on-premise copy. “Hard drives can fail, and software glitches can impact data,” Carp said. “Rain, snow or other natural disasters could damage the hardware, or power failure could render our systems inaccessible.”

Carp said that the results of moving to Zetta for backup are visible where it counts: “Using Zetta has definitely reduced our backup costs – we have more storage capacity for about half the price of what we’d been paying,” Carp said. “Because we no longer have a physical backup appliance in our server room, we're saving on physical space. When we have a support concern or question, Zetta’s team is easy to reach and very helpful.”

In addition to saving on costs and time, migrating to saves PCA effort. “I never have to touch it or think about it, except when I want to change what's tagged for backup, or when we want to increase our backup capacity with Zetta, which we’ve done once already and expect to keep doing as our business continues to grow,” Carp said.

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