DWR protects California's water with the cloud.
Like most state agencies, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is subject to government policies that require them to retain their data for a set amount of time. Compliance with these retention policies was increasing digital volume levels for DWR, and the on-premise storage solution that was in place was beginning to reach capacity. There was 500TB of data that was not being accessed frequently, but that needed to be securely stored. As any organization that retains large volumes of data knows, investing in additional physical structure to store this and incoming data would have been a costly investment that would need to be repeated in the future with any needs for an increase in capacity. There was a concern for the overall costs of following this path.
Infiniti was brought in to provide professional cloud consulting to determine what type of solution would best meet the needs of DWR’s organization. After assessing DWR’s current environment, it was found that in addition to basic storage needs, DWR could utilize a solution to back-up their infrastructure to the cloud and then then leverage their current storage solution for other data needs.
The proposed solution was an Integration with AWS Cloud Service (Backup/Restore) that leveraged a hyper converged platform, eliminating the dependencies on third party hardware, and reducing total cost of ownership. AWS Simple Storage Solution (S3) and Glacier were utilized to both house the infrequently accessed data to comply with government retention requirements and as DWR’s new secure backup solution.
By integrating with AWS, DWR was able to securely house current government data and increase capacity for future data without financially investing in additional physical structures leading to an overall lower spend.