As one of the largest digital services providers to the government, Maximus is always looking for ways to accelerate its own digital journey. In 2018, the CEO and CIO announced the company’s cloud-first initiative and to migrate all project’s on-prem infrastructure to AWS cloud in three years.
Due to cloud-first initiative and on-prem backup solutions licenses expiring soon, Maximus IT-EDP (Enterprise Data Protection) team had four months to modernize the backup infrastructure and reduce the data center footprint by migrating workloads to the cloud. At the time, the IT team used IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Veritas NetBackup to protect on-premises file servers and databases.
With the existing solution, IT spent considerable time and effort to manage and organize tapes as they came out of the Veritas NetBackup cluster before shipping them offsite for long-term retention (seven yrs). Additionally, Veritas NetBackup didn’t have granular access control. It was either all permissions, or none. This prohibited IT from enabling individual project function teams to do their own backups.
Maximus wanted a data resilience solution that:
- Was cloud-native so that the company could accelerate its journey to the cloud and free IT from managing and maintaining on-premises hardware and software.
- Had the capability of protecting its hybrid IT environment and provide global visibility into backups across platforms — from software-as-a-service (SaaS) to on-premises, and cloud workloads (Amazon EC2 for databases) — so that IT had a single pane of glass to view and manage a hybrid environment.
- Allowed IT to delegate control to individual project backup administrators to manage their own backups.
- Helped meet compliance and legal requirements, such as GDPR and FedRAMP, and meet project contract data retention policy.
“We wanted a true end-to-end data protection cloud solution so we could scale easily without the expense or hassle of on-premises equipment,” said Albert Uy, Vice President, Technology Architecture and Performance Engineering, who led the modernization effort.
Although Maximus considered hyperconverged solutions from Veritas and Cohesity, these solutions did not make the cut because they weren’t truly cloud native.