How Does a Global Architectural Firm Solve Their File Sharing Challenges?

by Shirish Phatak on June 30, 2016

All global businesses face challenges when it comes to file sharing. Remote workers and branch offices present challenges like latency, document version control, and the ability for a worker to access, edit, and update files from anywhere. But architectural firms (as well as building contractors and many others that deal with extremely large files like) have particular challenges in that their files are enormous. When you have hundreds of workers who need to access and collaborate on projects, distributed file storage is difficult and cumbersome.

Issues Faced by Firms Dealing With Larger File Sizes


Architects deal with extraordinarily large files like CAD and BIM drawings. When several hundred workers need access from spots all over the globe, latency becomes a serious issue.

These are the challenges faced by Kohn Pedersen & Fox Associates (KPF), a global architectural firm that employs some 600 architects working in real time on interior and urban design projects, programming and master planning services, and other projects in both the public and private sectors all over the world.

Contending With Latency and Hundreds of Users

When it came time to confront their challenges, KPF turned to Talon Storage and their CloudFAST file sharing solution. CloudFAST delivers complete file integrity, along with coherency and consistency, in a secure environment. It provides immediate access to documents and files wherever the workers need access, all over the world. CloudFAST eliminates problems like low bandwidth that causes severe latency, especially when dealing with massive files like CAD and BIM files.

According to the IT manger at KPF, "We've been trying to do global collaboration for many years now and have tried multiple different ways of doing it, but we've never quite found a solution that could do it all ... First, we sat down with Riverbed and while their solution was great at doing certain things, it was never great at addressing the collaboration side and handling Autodesk and Adobe products. We also tried Isilon and EMC, Citrix's Virtual Desktop, and Autodesk Revit Server. Again, while these are great solutions over LAN speeds, they just couldn't do the collaboration and file sharing we needed over high latency and low bandwidth connections to Asia." Then they found CloudFAST.

Why the Talon CloudFAST Solution Worked for KPF


After a small test in New York and China, KPF rolled out the Talon CloudFAST solution company wide and never looked back.

According to the IT manager, it was "a total game changer". After an initial proof of concept trial they conducted in New York and Shanghai, the architectural firm rolled out the CloudFAST software across all of its branch locations around the world. The IT manager said, "The feedback has been fantastic, with users commenting that they feel like they are working from the same office, which is exactly what we were aiming for ... Speed, efficiency and performance are critical to the way we work as a business and having eliminated the latency issues, we are delighted with the results."

Would you like to learn more about how Talon's CloudFAST delivers high performance, low latency, and an excellent file sharing experience for global businesses like KPF? Download the Talon CloudFAST data sheet now.

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