Wasabi Cloud Storage Case Study
Site Tour 360 captures and builds projects for large collections of 360 degree imagery, uses Wasabi hot cloud storage for low cost, fast and reliable primary and archive storage. By combining this imagery with other relevant data (maps, documents, videos, etc) they are able to make meaningful interactive experiences. Primary use cases include: disaster/ recovery services (to show before/after imagery after natural disasters or industrial accidents), community redevelopment (cities highlighting investment opportunities), and large event documentation.
Using Wasabi, they have enhanced the performance of their user experience, cut and stabilized storage costs, and been able to focus their energies on offering expanded services.
Business Challenge: Drive Down Costs While Increasing Scalability
The foundation of Site Tour 360’s business model is high resolution imagery, and as with most businesses chasing the most recent improvements in high resolution cameras, every new project creates ever larger file sizes and total datasets. These images are stitched together to provide virtual visual experiences reflecting historical, current or future real-world locations.
As interest in real-world 3D imagery increases, Site Tour 360’s storage needs grow as they gain more clients, maintain active data and archives for ongoing clients, and move to provide greater interactivity and depth in the experience, by moving from still imagery to video footage.
The challenge is how to do that at scale, at speed, with minimal staff and at a cost that suits the profile of a startup.
Earlier implementations of their custom developed visual experience platform used several different technologies, including a commercial web hosting provider (DreamHost), Google’s Street View platform, AWS S3 and Azure Blob Storage.