First American Equipment Finance is an equipment finance company that serves large corporate borrowers nationwide. Furthermore First American is one of the top 50 equipment financing firms in America. In 2012, City National Bank, an innovative and highly successful U.S. bank with nearly $30 billion in assets, purchased First American.
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.
The Challenge: Hybrid Cloud Sync to 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 also included adding mobility capabilities that enable employees to access company data remotely. However 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 continually sync to both the cloud-based and mobility content management systems.