Sheppard Robson overcame the complexity, cost, and inefficiency of managing multiple tiers of structured and unstructured data across multiple locations

CAMPBELL, Calif., June 13, 2017 — / — Panzura, a leader in unstructured data management in the cloud, today announced that Sheppard Robson, an award-winning architecture practice in London, has replaced its aging storage infrastructure with a combination of Panzura and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for unstructured data, and Nimble Storage for high-performance block data. Not only did this modern hybrid cloud storage architecture completely eliminate the need for the traditional NAS (network attached storage) storage model, but it also enabled Sheppard Robson to remove an entire data center being used for disaster recovery.

Sheppard Robson works on projects around the world from its headquarters in London, with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, and Abu Dhabi, as well as working with an outsource partner in Saigon. To handle the business-critical data generated by its employees, Sheppard Robson had separate NAS infrastructures in place in addition to an offsite disaster recovery co-location. However, bandwidth limitations with its internet connections created difficulties in delivering data to the disaster recovery location in a timely manner. Unstructured data was supposed to be automatically replicated offsite, but this wasn’t keeping up.

With the end of the expected lifespan of its NAS filers approaching, Sheppard Robson decided to refresh its infrastructure by implementing a hybrid cloud storage solution featuring Panzura Freedom Collaboration, Nimble Storage hybrid storage arrays from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

“We’ve been able to move all our unstructured data to Panzura and all of our VMware clones and all the structured data to Nimble Storage, enabling us to decommission all the NetApp arrays that had been handling all that data. The combination of Panzura and Nimble Storage gives a complete, advanced hybrid cloud storage solution for both file and block data,” said Simon Johns, IT director at Sheppard Robson. “We completely removed our disaster recovery sites – a direct consequence of implementing Panzura. As a result, we’ve been able to shut down an entire data center and provided collaboration between remote offices.”

Panzura Freedom Collaboration transforms cloud storage into primary file storage, combining the performance and features of an enterprise NAS with the economics, scalability, and durability of the cloud. Freedom Collaboration centralizes file data in the cloud, while keeping active data cached close to the users or applications.

When combining cloud storage availability and redundancy along with Panzura Integrated Snapshots, Freedom Collaboration not only replaces local Windows Filers or NAS, but also eliminates the need for separate backup, disaster recovery, and archive systems for that data, as well as WAN acceleration and expensive private networks needed for replication.

“We are excited that we were able to help Sheppard Robson overcome the complexity, cost, and inefficiency it was experiencing in trying to manage multiple tiers of structured and unstructured data across multiple locations,” said Patrick Harr, Panzura CEO. “The combination of Panzura with Nimble Storage and Amazon S3 has enabled Sheppard Robson to deploy a modern hybrid cloud storage model that is more than just primary storage, but also eliminates the need for traditional disaster recover, backup, and archive.”

About Panzura
Panzura is a market leader in managing unstructured data in the cloud. Panzura Freedom, an intelligent hybrid cloud storage platform, represents a breakthrough in managing explosive growth in unstructured data, delivering data center performance with the economics, scalability, and durability of the cloud. The Panzura Cloud File System underpins Panzura Freedom and incorporates intelligent file services backed by 26 patents. Using Panzura, enterprises shift from legacy storage as they consolidate and simplify their storage into the cloud. Organizations like Milwaukee Tool, American College of Radiology, and Chevron use Panzura for active archive, hybrid cloud NAS, and cross-site collaboration. Please visit for further information.

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