First American Equipment Finance is an equipment finance company that serves large corporate borrowers nationwide. First American is one of the top 50 equipment financing firms in America. In 2012, First American was purchased by City National Bank, an innovative and highly successful U.S. bank with nearly $30 billion in assets.
First American specializes in financing and leasing technology equipment to its clients. It embraces leading-edge technology in its own business. First American uses innovative tools to avoid the hassles associated with traditional, paper and manual workflows common in the industry. First American has pioneered the use of e-documentation, as well as a host of other client-focused online and mobile lease management resources. To facilitate a high level of customer convenience while also providing employees with true data mobility, the company leverages cloud technologies, including Box.
First American set an ambitious goal of eliminating its file servers and replacing them with cloud-based file-sharing technologies like Box. The plan included adding mobility capabilities that enable employees to access company data remotely. The challenge is that the marketing department is constantly creating, modifying and utilizing large image and video files. These files are core business tools that need to be available with the convenience of instant, local file server access. To achieve that goal, more than 2 TB of live data must be continually synched to both the cloud-based and mobility content management systems.