Saalex Information Technology Has the Right Stuff for Legal Vertical
… upload so that any of the other offices can collaborate on that evidence in short order. So, their San Diego office uploads this evidence – which could include videos, pdfs and documents – to the cloud, and then in Los Angeles, the next morning, litigation is to take place. An attorney from the firm’s L.A. office, going to court, needs a local copy on his laptop in case he loses connectivity while working at the courthouse. Understanding this use case helps SaalexIT optimize the architecture to do what it calls an up/down, all-around syncing model to meet the law firm’s needs.
When the partner first started working with the law firm, it had all its data onsite, including backups.
Since that time, SaalexIT has replicated the law firm’s environment in a sandbox, or private data center in the cloud, so staff could test it.
“Once the finalized architecture is fine-tuned, a full migration can be finalized,” said Flavin.
The plan is for file servers for upload and download, and print servers, to remain on premises, since they have two more years before end of life. Application servers, NAS, and VDI infrastructure will move to the cloud.
“We designed an end-to-end hybrid cloud architecture for a private data center, which makes the client feel very comfortable,” he said. “When we talked about the perception of security and control, the client felt so much more comfortable because their data is not cotenant with anyone else’s data.”
Backups will also be easier and less costly. The firm has about 20 terabytes of evidence data sitting on expensive servers.
SaalexIT also is discussing SIEM/SOC monitoring; however, security using the company’s existing firewalls will be carefully reviewed when deployment happens. There are also security layers in the data center (private cloud) for protection out of the gate. SIEM/SOC is an add-on layer to help detect and stop cybersecurity attacks using AI and the SaalexIT NOC, according to the partner.
It was a combination of SaalexIT’s security expertise and its hybrid cloud infrastructure design, where not everything was moving to the cloud, that helped this law firm say “yes” to leveraging the cloud.
Still a work in progress, this project is far from over. SaalexIT also provides training for compliance and security training for end users and the partner’s expertise in connectivity, cloud and security is where it is adding value.
“Our role is co-managed IT in the areas we discussed. Going forward there’s an opportunity for infrastructure management and cloud orchestration and making sure that as their business grows, they continue to meet their SLAs and scale in a cost-effective way,” said Flavin.
In a company white paper – The Law Firm’s Survival Guide for Moving to the Cloud – SaalexiT offers five reasons law firms should leverage the cloud ASAP: Cloud costs more accurately reflect the firms current needs; cloud provides redundancy, business continuity and greater access to corporate data; cloud makes software compatibility and updates seamless; cloud computing, when managed properly, is more secure than on-premises systems; and cloud allows a firm to unlock its data and use it for valuable business intelligence.