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After evaluating several options, the Department chose AvePoint’s DocAve Software – the enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint. With DocAve, the Department could access the tools it needed from a single, centralized console. “Having everything in one place with DocAve is valuable,” Sheridan said. “We don’t need to go here for one tool and there for another.”
DocAve enabled the Department to quickly resolve two of its biggest challenges – SharePoint backup and reporting. With DocAve, the department can back up SharePoint according to its specific needs and quickly restore items with full fidelity. It can also report on performance, usage, and security across the environment. “We run full backups every three weeks with DocAve and incremental backups every four hours,” Sheridan said. “DocAve is the only solution that enables to do that and restore at the item level for our users while maintaining metadata. That’s huge for us.”
Once the initial concerns were dealt with, the Department expanded its use of DocAve to deal with the growing amount of data in SharePoint. Administrators could not only easily move content across the environment for end users, but could also externalize data to optimize performance. “With DocAve, we’ve set 50-gigabtye quotas for sites, since some of our users store lots of attachments and media files in SharePoint,” Sheridan said. “By externalizing BLOB data, we’ve been able to reduce our content database size to 10 percent of what it was.”
Once its environment was efficiently managed with DocAve, the Department looked for ways to better protect the information held within it – specifically Personally Identifiable Information. “We wanted to ensure information wasn’t leaking between environments,” said Sheridan. “To do that, we needed a tool that could scan and identify PII throughout SharePoint.”
The Department implemented AvePoint Compliance Guardian. Compliance Guardian mitigates risk from the moment data is created through its entire lifecycle. The Department can scan and analyze data at the file and content level to identify PII throughout its environment and take the necessary steps to remove it. Just like with DocAve, the Department is able to run Compliance Guardian scans on a scheduled basis according to its specific needs – with a full scan taking place every three weeks and daily incremental scans to analyze any new data created. “Compliance Guardian allows us to scan for exactly the information we need to find in SharePoint – such as PII or even just specific components of PII,” Sheridan said. “We can even scan headers and footers in documents – there is no other tool on the market that will do that for us.”
Using Compliance Guardian, the Department is able to create comprehensive reports that it can deliver to the security team, which will then work with site collection owners to resolve any issues. “Compliance Guardian has become a central tool for our IT, IA, and security teams,” Sheridan said.
In the future, the Department will migrate its data from SharePoint 2010 to a hybrid SharePoint 2016 environment to take advantage of the latest platform features and move specific workloads to the cloud. In addition to utilizing DocAve to simplify the migration, the Department is also able to utilize Compliance Guardian to migrate information securely. “Compliance Guardian will allow us to scan our content before our migration ensure the data we’re sending to the cloud is free of PII.”