Storage virtualisation drives technological and business efficiencies

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Storage virtualisation drives technological and business efficiencies

Joe O'Halloran

PacificSource Health Plans, one of the largest independent, non-profit health plans serving the Pacific Northwest in the US , has deployed a file storage virtualisation solution as the basis of its file storage management strategy.

 

The new Acopia ARX system from F5 Networks allows PacificSource to perform non-disruptive migration of file data such as business, individual, and family health plan information, as well as its own internal business data. The health firm reports that the result has been streamlined and automated data movement with zero down time, yielding significant operational and capital savings.

 

PacificSource provides medical and dental benefits to more than 4,000 Pacific Northwest employers and covers more than 151,000 people with its group and individual health insurance plans. It also provides self-funded employee benefit plans and assorted administration services through its subsidiaries.

 

The move to a new storage system came about when the firm faced a significant data migration challenge during a system upgrade of its direct-attached disk environment to a clustered Windows storage area network.

 

Explained Network Administrator, Tim Wolfe, "Any interruption of access to health plan information or even our own internal business data would be completely unacceptable. The file storage virtualisation solution allowed us to perform all data migration tasks without any downtime and without the need to manually reconfigure client systems and applications. Moreover…we have been able to streamline and automate all future data movement."

 

PacificSource believes that having the ability to move data whenever it wants to, to whatever storage technologies it may choose to use in the future, translates into significant savings in both operational resources and capital expense. In addition to continued data migration initiatives, future plans for the file storage virtualisation solution includes its use in data replication for disaster recovery (DR) efforts.


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