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Chivas Brothers distillery upgrades SAN data storage for 100% data recovery

Karl Flinders

Chivas Brothers distillery upgraded its storage area network (SAN) to ensure it could recover 100% of its data in the event of a disaster.

The whiskey and gin maker, which is owned by Pernod Ricard, decided to change its HP EVA fibre-channel disk storage platform to increase functionality and improve disaster recovery. “We were keen to move away from EVA and we wanted something with more bells and whistles,” said Les Gilfillan, network manager at the company.

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“The main driver was disaster recovery. We could only replicate 60% of the data from our primary data centre in Paisley to our other site in Dumbarton," said Gilfillan.

The company looked at HP 3PAR storage as well as Dell tiered storage.

The company uses JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP which creates most of its storage requirements. It has about 75% storage servers and over 350 Windows servers, of which 85% are virtualised through VMware.

Chivas Brothers has 1,600 full time staff in 29 UK sites, of which about 40 are in IT.

After choosing to upgrade to HP 3PAR, the company needed support. “We looked for experts in 3PAR because we didn’t have any.”

It contacted three services firms and decided to use CSA Waverley, due to its HP expertise and the fact that it had operations in Scotland.

Working alongside Chivas Brothers’ IOT team and HP, CSA Waverley implemented 3PAR StoreServ 7000 storage platform, with bi-directional replication to Scottish-based disaster recovery and London sites.

StoreServ 7000 arrays have the same thin provisioning and storage efficiency features as the higher end 10000 series, although the controller and chassis are different.

They compete with midrange systems, such as the EMC VNX 5000 series, NetApp FAS3200, Hitachi Data Systems Unified Storage, IBM StorWize V7000 and Dell Compellent.

 

 

 


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