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Television company ITV dumped the Apple Xsan storage-area network (SAN) used in its Mac video production environment and replaced it with a 100 TB Nexsan Technologies SATABeast XI array with MAID technology. The implementation, according to storage pros at ITV, has allowed the company to quadruple capacity and gain storage throughput increases of approximately 20% while staying within tight power and cooling concerns at its data centre. To support the launch of a new residents' card system, the London Borough of Hillingdon has implemented solid-state drive (SSD) technology in its Compellent SAN. The Council is hoping the solid-state drive capacity will speed access to the residents' card database by 12 to 15 times, and address power and cooling issues. Britannia Building Society has achieved deduplication ratios of up to 40:1 at a disaster recovery site by deduping already deduped data. Britannia is the second largest building society in the UK, with 5,000 employees at sites across the UK. The institution offers a range of financial services, including mortgages and other loans, credit cards, savings accounts and insurance. It runs financial, mortgage, investment, CRM and procurement applications on 130 Unix and 100 Windows servers. Lagan Construction implemented Mimosa Systems' NearPoint email archiving product after a chaotic email situation threatened to cost the Ireland-based business millions in lost contracts. Lagan deployed NearPoint -- which is estimated to pay for itself within a month in terms of staff time saved -- as part of a larger, £200,000 project of upgraded EMC SAN and server virtualisation. International branding and design company LFH has implemented disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup using Overland Storage Snap Server network-attached storage (NAS) devices in a move that has allowed the London-based company to mirror data between its offices in London and Brussels. Byte-level replication and snapshot capability at an affordable price were key factors in the company's decision. A Lancashire sixth form college has shortened staff time for backup and recovery by 90% following the implementation of BakBone Software's NetVault:Backup in a local-area network-free backup configuration based on a Hewlett-Packard (HP) StorageWorks 1000 Modular Smart Array (MSA1000) Fibre Channel storage-area network (FC SAN). The Student Loans Company (SLC) has chosen a tiered IBM DS8300-based storage-area network (SAN) with its Storage Volume Controller (SVC) virtualisation layer to replace an aging Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) infrastructure as part of a £2m project to improve management of more than 3 million customer records.
>>ITV switches channel from Apple to Nexsan SATABeast Xi
>>Council adds SSD tier to SAN for residents' card system
>>Britannia gets 40:1 data reduction in DR site move via double dedupe
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