San on demand rolls out at HR firm

A human resources company that provides outsourced pensions services for 1,000 UK firms is building a storage area network to...

A human resources company that provides outsourced pensions services for 1,000 UK firms is building a storage area network to cope with a 15% a month increase in demand for storage.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting is using technology from EMC to support the growth of its business and its disaster recovery strategy.

Victor Fetter, UK IT director at Mercer, said, "We needed to increase IT capacity to improve cost efficiency and we needed to replicate business-critical data more actively."

He said back-ups were being run twice a day, but with the new architecture the firm can run a back-up every two hours.

Driven by government regulation within the pensions industry and the growth of the business, Fetter anticipated that far more data would need to be stored. "Our storage has been growing by 15% every month," he said.

Rather than buy storage upfront, Fetter purchased EMC's Openscale, a scheme where storage is bought on demand. The company installs fully propagated enterprise storage in its datacentre, but only pays for what it uses.

The sites will be equipped with EMC Symmetrix DMX1000 and Clarion CX600 with ATA disc for bulk storage and archiving.

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