Gallagher Bassett International, a large risk and claims management firm, said it has cut its storage costs significantly by moving to a centralised, mirrored backup system.
The firm has seven offices in England and Scotland and several hundred employees, but only employs a small IT team based in London. Because of this, it did not want to deploy a distributed storage system at all of its offices.
After evaluating systems from Hewlett Packard, EMC and IBM, Gallagher Bassett approached independent storage integrator B2net for advice on developing a centralised storage strategy.
B2net advised it to adopt a Network Appliance (NetApp) FAS250 2TB series server at its Lichfield site and a NetApp FAS3020 1TB Sata disk-based unit at its London head office.
The NetApp system uses Snap-Restore technology to restore the firm’s entire data volume to a state recorded in a previous snapshot; and Snap-Mirror to allow the FAS250 server to mirror the FAS3020.
As a result, the firm now has reliable and fast backup and recovery which will scale as the firm grows, said Michael Christensen, Gallagher Bassett’s IT manager. “Prior to its installation, we were waiting forever to restore data,” he added.
Christensen said that the costs benefit of the NetApp infrastructure is significant, because the firm considered outsourcing its disaster recovery, but found that the cost of renting disk space for one year was almost the same as purchasing a new NetApp storage system.
“If I need to add a new storage system every year for the next four years to cover all our offices, I know that we have immediate return on investment,” said Christensen.
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