40%

TCO Savings

50%

Reduction in data center footprint

90%

Faster restores and improved backup performance

Overview

ASL Airlines France (ASL) is a cargo and passenger airline based in Tremblay-en-France at Bâtiment Le Séquoia. Their main base is Charles de Gaulle airport, Europe’s second busiest air traffic hub. A majority of ASL’s fleet operates on the behalf of delivery services throughout the night, including Amazon, FedEx, DHL, UPS, and La Poste. Their unique fleet of Boeing 737-300 Quick Change aircrafts allows them to switch from a cargo configuration to a passenger configuration within one hour, allowing ASL to charter several passenger flights for partnering airlines during the day. In 2017 alone, ASL carried 712,000 passengers and 38,600 tons of cargo.

With such a diverse array of responsibilities, ASL’s IT department needs to provide dependable, always-on infrastructure. Fabrice De Biasio, CIO, manages an IT team that supports 150 aircrafts and 3,000 employees, including a 2,200-person flight crew. "If we’re unable to pull reports for our passenger flights from our Oracle database, we can incur a sizable fine. The same goes for cargo flights. Rubrik is the reason we’re confident our data is always going to be available to meet these requirements," said De Biasio

“It’s important that we remain early adopters in the IT landscape. The more knowledgeable we are of trends and new technologies, the more nimble we can be as the market evolves.”

CIO Fabrice De Biasio speaks to the organization’s cost savings, time savings, and excitement around Rubrik Polaris.

Rubrik is the reason we’re confident our data is always going to be available to meet these requirements.

Fabrice De Biasio
Chief Information Officer

Overview

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the longest-running children’s show in American television history. Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change with a mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. The organization is present in 150 countries, serving children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropicallyfunded social impact programs.

Shadrach Kisten, Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for developing the overall technology and engineering vision in addition to driving cross-company technology initiatives to meet business objectives. “Our team is small, but efficient and effective. We can accomplish great things with the relevant technology, which is why we partner with best-of-breed solutions like Rubrik,” said Kisten. “I’ve been in the media space for 18 years, and I’m very excited about Rubrik. Not only does the solution fit nicely into our company initiatives, but also there’s immense potential for the future.” 

Our team is small, but efficient and effective. We can accomplish great things with the relevant technology, which is why we partner with best-of-breed solutions like Rubrik.

Shadrach Kisten
Chief Technology Officer

Challenges

  1. Management complexity from daily maintenance, complicated recoveries and lack of automation
  2. Too much time spent managing backups instead of driving digital transformation initiatives
  3. Inability to implement cloud first strategy

Results

  1. Significant reduction in backup management (from 2 full-time employees to 2-3 hours per week)
  2. 40% TCO savings
  3. 50% reduction in data center footprint
  4. 90% faster restores

Business transformation

  1. With Rubrik’s management simplicity and API-driven automation, Sesame Workshop has increased productivity and shifted to a DevOps mindset
  2. More time to focus on strategic IT initiatives that increase global engagement
  3. Advanced their cloudfirst initiative with data archival to the public cloud, saving money on additional on-prem expansion and increasing their digital transformation readiness

Solutions

Increased productivity and more time for strategic initiatives

Sesame Workshop delivers its content to homes around the world by utilizing TV and other digital media platforms. One of its key Technology and Engineering initiatives was to have a backup/archive strategy to align with its business objectives of separating backup functions of IT and video systems. This revolves around the backup and archiving of 45 years of their intellectual properties.

“This will allow us to have our assets readily available, enabling us to be more effective and efficient as we expand our reach and engagement to multiple platforms across the domestic and international markets,” said Kisten. “This is what digital transformation is all about and our Rubrik implementation was an enabler for all of this.” 

"Prior to Rubrik, our legacy tape-based solution required two full-time employees to manage. We only spend 2-3 hours per week checking Rubrik, which means we have additional productivity hours back to the business per week. Our team is using that time to focus on working closely with business stakeholders to continuously improve the business workflow and drive adoption of new technology we’re onboarding.”

"One of our goals is to shift the team to a DevOps skill set in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Since Rubrik requires almost no management, we can focus on key engineering projects instead. Rubrik’s REST APIs will be integral in allowing us to automate multiple aspects of our data management functions. For example, we’re planning to integrate Rubrik with our ticketing system to automate file restores without the need for human intervention.” 

One of our goals is to shift the team to a DevOps skill set in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Since Rubrik requires almost no management, we can focus on key engineering projects instead. Rubrik’s REST APIs will be integral in allowing us to automate multiple aspects of our data management functions.

Shadrach Kisten
Chief Technology Officer

Fast track to cloud with Rubrik and Azure

With their digitization, backup and archiving strategy, Kisten and team needed to figure out how to store these files in a way that was easily accessible by producers, curators and editors. “We knew we needed to adopt a cloud-first strategy and integrate our digital properties with the best cloud offerings available. The agility will allow us to reuse our content all across the world,” said Kisten. “We had to build a scalable, integrated cloud infrastructure with an automated workflow.”

“We edit all of our assets locally, but we need a place to archive them. If we were storing these on-prem, we’d have to expand our real estate and storage arrays. We knew we’d have to utilize public cloud for long-term retention, but our previous solution prevented us from doing so. With Rubrik, we will be able to archive to Azure for 90 days and then push the data into Azure Blob for cold storage. It only takes a few clicks to restore, which is a massive win.”

Polaris Sonar gave us visibility into data repositories we could never look at before. As a result, we were able to avoid data exposure and proactively create remediation plans to address high-risk incidents. The benefit to the business is huge.

Shadrach Kisten
Chief Technology Officer


The Results

40% TCO savings and 50% reduction in data center footprint

“As a nonprofit, we have to be thoughtful about how we’re spending. With Rubrik, we’re seeing 40% TCO savings and have reduced our data center footprint by 50%,”

Cloud vendor-agnostic for unlimited choice

“We’re big fans of Rubrik’s cloud vendor-agnostic platform, which prevents lock-in to any particular cloud. As a technology leader, I appreciate that Rubrik gives us the power of choice. This will allow us to explore AWS in the future.”

Comprehensive data security

“Protecting our intellectual property means everything to us. There were some initial concerns about moving to public cloud, but Rubrik ensures all data is encrypted at-rest and in-flight using our keys. We’re confident that our data is secure.”

90% faster restores and improved backup performance

“We’ve gone from several hours to minutes in terms of restore times. We’ve also seen a night and day difference in our backup windows.”

World-class customer support

“Rubrik’s support team is excellent. With other vendors, we’ve had to go through several levels of support in order to get our questions answered. With Rubrik, we were immediately connected to a Level 3 engineer who resolved our issue in less than an hour.”

Accelerated compliance for audits

“As a nonprofit, we need to pass yearly audits to meet our policy guidelines for backup, archive, and restore DR/BCP requirements. Rubrik will provide our auditors with clear evidence of compliance for backup requirements.”