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Insurer targets storage consolidation savings

Insurer Alea London is consolidating its core systems, datawarehouse and e-mail archives on a single storage platform.

Insurer Alea London is consolidating its core systems, datawarehouse and e-mail archives on a single storage platform.

The firm is using a Pillar Axiom storage facility, storage management software and virtualisation to cut its server count, operational costs and datacentre costs. The project is expected to pay for itself within two years.

The first phase began in July, when Alea's IT team attached a test datawarehouse and two VMware ESC servers. Virtualisation of the insurer's production servers is on track to be completed by the end of November.

Andrew Boyd, Alea's IT manager, said the driver for the project was to find a scalable long-term solution to the firm's storage needs. This could cut the administrative overheads associated with a large amount of direct attached storage and provide disaster recovery capability.

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This was first published in October 2006

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