CDW assessed Pret A Manger’s needs, and recommended Panzura as the best-fit solution both for the immediate challenges faced, and as part of the wider cloud adoption strategy. The goal was to harness the economic advantages and scalability of the cloud, without suffering from slow speeds and latency. Panzura provides a high-performance, globally distributed file system that takes the best of cloud storage and delivers it with the immediacy and control of a local file store. With Panzura’s back end sitting in the cloud, it enabled Pret to activate its cloud strategy, with the benefit of a hybrid approach thanks to the local caching provided by the solution. This ticked a lot of boxes.
“With Panzura, our marketing teams can cache those huge Adobe creative files and the distributed file locking eliminates the effect of latency between sites,” Midgley explains. “This enables them to quickly access and edit the files they need, but we benefit from both sides of the coin—data integrity and rapid collaboration across sites. But best of all it actually created a cost saving—as we get to deduplicate and compress data on all tiers at all sites. In simple terms, we’ve given our teams a better experience, that’s less complex to manage, and actually has a positive impact on our cost base.”
The Panzura-based strategy also provides support for accelerated setup of new office locations, so when Pret grows, the solution can grow too and so you can build virtual offices in Microsoft Azure and by utilizing a Panzura controller gain access to all the required files instantly, without having to copy that data. Furthermore, the cost is almost negligible when compared to the traditional, physical movement of file data associated with a new site setup.