Consolidation helps Holstein cope with data


Consolidation helps Holstein cope with data

Karl Flinders

Holstein UK has consolidated its storage infrastructure to make data retrieval quicker and easier, as demand for its services increases.

The dairy industry charity stores data on cow breeding history, which farmers use to determine pedigree and milk quality.

Holstein has combined its database information onto a NetApp network attached storage device, with support from storage integrator B2net. The device enables all data to be viewed from one place.

Holstein had predicted that data demand would double in a couple of years, and the old system was unworkable for future growth. Back-up was also a problem with one back-up tape per server, which meant IT staff were continually swapping tapes.

Michael Hirani-Smith, IT manager at Holstein, said, "We had a bunch of servers each with its own back-up, and we bought new servers if we wanted to do anything new."

The charity said if it had continued down this path, it would have required more than 36 servers. It now has a total of five, with the ability to increase capacity.

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