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Unilever calls on NetWisdom to fix SAN headaches

Cliff Saran

Unilever has cut the cost of managing its storage area network after deploying storage area network storage optimisation tools.

The consumer goods manufacturer is using the Virtual Instruments' NetWisdom tool to help it improve the speed and performance of its SAN which spans 5 petabytes of data globally.

An independent benchmarking exercise found that the IT costs of Unilever's SAN after rolling out NetWisdom was millions of euros less, than other consumer good manufacturers, the company said.

NetWisdom helps storage managers by diagnosing where application performance issues are caused by poor SAN performance.

Mike Royle, Enterprise Services Director, said that NetWisdom gives Unilever greater insight into performance issues on the SAN, which helps the team determine when Unilever needs to upgrade its SAN infrastructure.

"Managing a SAN of any size can be highly problematic as it is often impossible to tell where the hot spots and bottlenecks are until you have trouble with tickets being raised for performance issues. When you scale this up to a company of Unilever's size and breadth you're presented with multiple business divisions across multiple geographies where downtime could cost thousands, if not millions, of euros - this is unacceptable,"


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