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Working closely with long-term strategic partner, Rubrik, we provided a highly successful video game developer with a cloud storage solution that enabled their team to finally take control of their backups.
Splash Damage is an award-winning British video games developer that specialises in multi-player, first-person shooter games. Despite the studio’s success, however, the team was operating a legacy backup product on infrastructure that required a large investment to refresh, as it was fast approaching end of life.
Reduce on premises storage legacy spend
Consolidate existing backup technology
Easy and cost efficient scalability
As things stood, backups were configured to utilise a mixed storage estate, which was fragmenting the protection strategy and making restore operations difficult. What’s more, the backup software was cumbersome, meaning a full-time employee was required to manage and maintain it. With a 5% year-on-year growth, enabling backup to the cloud was seen as essential for long-term retention of data and to minimise risk. Splash Damage IT Manager, Craig Nelson, commented: “We challenged Softcat to recommend a modern backup solution that could leverage cloud storage for the evolving requirements of the studio”. In short, Splash Damage needed a new backup and recovery solution for 50+ terabytes of Windows file server and AWS data with full data visibility and accessibility.
Although backup and restore forms a critical part of any IT teams day-to-day responsibilities, Rubrik’s search engine-like interface makes backups and restore activities straightforward, freeing up the Splash Damage team to concentrate on higher value tasks. Craig Nelson said: “Rubrik has a very easy to use search capability enabling quick restores, so we were really impressed. Added to that is the ability to leverage AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) as a tier for backups giving us the cloud storage scalability we need to match our growth requirements”.
- We helped Splash Damage save £270k on backup over a 3-year period
- This represented a 55% saving compared to upgrading the existing environment
- The AWS tier that leverages S3 provided a long-term retention capability
- Future costs and disruption were avoided with less physical hardware
- The solution also requires less power and cooling overheads
“We worked with Softcat and Rubrik to calculate a TCO of the Rubrik solution against doing a refresh of the existing backup technology and it soon became clear that we would save £270k over a 3-year period.”