Build Group’s previous backup system was a physical on-premises system in a storage closet. This included on-site hardware for dedicated backup servers in every office and multiple storage devices. Adam Kailian, Build Group’s IT manager, described how maintaining and running the system was time-consuming and costly. “I spent a lot of time just checking in… and trying to keep everything running,” Kailian said.
Build Group’s projects require strategic planning involving voluminous CAD files, Microsoft files, and SQL databases. Immediate access to this data is critical for day-to-day construction activities. Not to mention, the data is subject to strict record-retention policies, with some content needing to be saved for up to ten years.
Ransomware is a major concern for the IT team and senior leadership. Kailian shared, “As an IT leader, my biggest concern is definitely ransomware. We’re constantly hearing about how attacks impact organizations far beyond their IT environment.” By not keeping a copy of their data in a separate, offsite location, the team risked losing their data if a ransomware attack occurred.
Build Group’s Salesforce data contains very sensitive forecasting and accounting information. In addition to security concerns, the team also wanted a more cost-effective alternative to Salesforce’s restore services, which would be as much as $10,000 per restore. The Build Group team needed to find a platform solution to cover the multiple data protection and security challenges they were facing.