the challenge: provide excellent redundancy, security, scalability and support for growing data needs
Crow Wing County has a centralized IT infrastructure supporting most of the county’s essential functions: Community Services, Law Enforcement, the County Attorney’s Office, financial and tax records, Corrections and more. One of the critical IT functions for this infrastructure is archiving all of the data when it’s not being used and then accessing and retrieving it on demand; almost 2TB worth of files and documents dating back many years are on file in archive storage.
The County’s legacy archive solution needed to be replaced, so IT executives looked for a solution that would satisfy their existing and future needs. They needed a system that provided excellent redundancy, keeping a second copy of all data safe at all times. Security was essential given the sensitive nature of the data being stored. It needed to be able to scale and support higher capacities of archive data as more records are created. The system also needed to be ultra-reliable.