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Single storage cuts costs at Sunlight

Sunlight Service Group has consolidated its mission-critical Microsoft application data onto a single centralised storage system.

The workwear rental firm said the move had allowed it to save time and money and bring together disparate data that was spread across branch sites.

Sunlight deploys data to more than 1,000 employees in 55 UK sites from a central location.

The firm moved its Microsoft applications onto 3PAR Inserv S400 Storage Servers. The applications include a centralised Microsoft ­Dynamics AX business management system, Microsoft SQL servers, clustered Microsoft Exchange servers and Sharepoint Services for collaborative content and document management applications.

The storage servers feature thin provisioning - technology that allows the user to allocate space to servers easily on a "just-enough" and "just-in-time" basis, thereby making storage resources more cost-efficient.

Sunlight also eliminated a redundant switching environment, lowering its infrastructure costs.

"In order to consolidate disparate IT systems, improve efficiency and reduce costs, we sought to invest in a resilient and scalable storage platform to support our new centralised Dynamics system," said Najeeb Ahmad, technical projects and support manager at Sunlight.

Ahmad said that the system had enabled the firm to meet its rigorous service level demands for a centralised data repository, as well as reduce its total cost of ownership for storage by more than 50% compared with alternative storage systems.

"We have just two IT administrators dedicated to both servers and storage, and less than 2% of their time is now spent administering the 3PAR system," he said.

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