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Transport police get Dell Compellent SAN storage tiering

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Transport police get Dell Compellent SAN storage tiering

The British Transport Police (BTP) has implemented Dell Compellent SANs with automated storage tiering as part of a VMware server virtualisation project that replaced direct-attached storage (DAS) at 148 sites. The force expects return on investment on the project within nine months.

Data from BTP’s 148 sites has been consolidated onto one Dell Compellent SAN at its primary data centre in Camden, London. The data has also been replicated using Dell Compellent Remote Instant Replay to a second Dell Compellent SAN in Birmingham for disaster recovery (DR) purposes.

BTP said it now has fast, reliable access from all sites to the data needed for daily operations and has reliable DR provision in place via the second SAN.

The SANs’ Dell Fluid Data Solution automated storage tiering migrates data to SATA drives depending on usage. Ninety-five percent of BTP’s data has already been moved to this lower-cost tier. This—combined with the inherent lower cost of shared storage compared with distributed DAS—has significantly lowered spending on server storage.

University boots Buffalo for Overland NAS

The University of Sheffield’s Centre for Development and Biomedical Genetics (CDBG) has replaced its Buffalo desktop NAS devices with Overland SnapServer NAS boxes to provide a total capacity of 104 TB for the centre’s research images and information.

The existing setup, with several Buffalo NAS devices, was aging and inefficient and had become increasingly difficult to manage. Most of the centre’s images have to be stored for up to 10 years and be available on request to back up research findings.

The CDBG purchased two Overland SnapServer Rackmount Solutions and four SnapServer Expansion units from Sheffield-based reseller Insight UK. Both NAS devices comprise 52 1 TB SATA hard drives, which equals a total of capacity of 104 TB. Overland’s Snap Enterprise Data Replicator mirrors data to the second SnapServer Rackmount unit in a separate building.

Insurance firm goes NetApp

Stoke-on-Trent-based Autonet Insurance Services has deployed two NetApp FAS systems—a 2040 and a 2020—as part of a server virtualisation and disaster recovery project. The company has replaced an aging infrastructure of more than 30 physical servers with direct-attached storage that had become costly and cumbersome to manage.

Nik Potts, head of IT, said he was trying to get along with an ICT and storage infrastructure that wasn’t designed for the enterprise market. He said, “I was provisioning five to 10 servers per year at £5,000 a time, and it was clear that that money could have been used far more efficiently.”

Autonet’s new IT infrastructure is built on the VMware ESXi platform with a NetApp 2040 in-house SAN and a NetApp 2020 off-site for disaster recovery. The company now has 12 physical servers.

Infortrend arrays vSphere 5 compatible

Array maker Infortrend has announced that EonStor DS solutions with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host connectivity are now compatible with VMware vSphere 5. This indicates that EonStor DS systems have passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware.

Virsto launches VDI vSphere Edition

Virsto Software has announced the launch of Virsto for VDI, vSphere Edition. The product virtualises storage in the hypervisor for vSphere environments, with storage thin provisioning and self-service bulk provisioning of VMs, managed through integration with the vCenter management interface. The company claims the product can reduce overall storage costs for VDI projects by 70 percent or more.


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