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HBOS to streamline storage in £35m deal

Halifax Bank of Scotland has signed a £35m deal with storage supplier StorageTek for storage hardware and datacentre management...

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Halifax Bank of Scotland has signed a £35m deal with storage supplier StorageTek for storage hardware and datacentre management services.

The agreement will help the bank streamline its data using a technique called information lifecycle management (ILM) to reduce its IT costs.

Many companies have seen their storage costs increase as their IT systems generate more data. HBOS expects to see its tape storage requirements growing by 40% this year, with its IT staff count growing.

As well as its own systems, StorageTek will be responsible for managing hardware from IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Sun. This will give HBOS a single point of contact for hardware issues.

StorageTek will provide tape storage products and managed services, including engineering support for HBOS datacentres in Copley and Pudsey.

HBOS is planning a data classification programme this summer, when it will look at all its data to ensure it is being held on the most appropriate storage medium. It will consider retention, back-up and archival requirements, and set storage policies accordingly.

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