Calor Gas overhauls storage to cut costs and improve operations

Calor Gas has overhauled its IT storage infrastructure in partnership with storage integrator B2net to improve its operations and cut costs.

Calor Gas has overhauled its IT storage infrastructure in partnership with storage integrator B2net to improve its operations and cut costs.

B2net’s Storage Area Network (San) solution has enabled Calor Gas to simplify and integrate its disparate enterprise data storage and back-up systems.

As a result, Calor Gas is consolidating 50 of its large estate of 90 servers down to just four. It also now has a more robust storage and data back-up infrastructure.

Calor Gas’ simplified storage solution includes a Network Appliance 3020 Cluster Server, four VMware virtual servers, and PlateSpin to convert servers to virtual storage devices.

The solution also incorporates Symantec Enterprise Vault for e-mail and file archiving, NTP Software’s QFS Storage Firewall solution, and Overland Tape Library for back-up.

Andrew Browne, Calor Gas network manager, said, “B2net proved they had the capability and expertise to deliver an enterprise server consolidation. Their impartiality is a strength, and they provide an end-to-end solution, unlike some vendors that often have to pull in experts from a wide range of sources.”

Previously, Calor Gas had a large number of outmoded, disparate servers where applications were isolated or didn’t sit comfortably alongside one another.

The inefficient infrastructure meant that a lot of time and resources were spent maintaining and supporting out of date servers. It also meant available storage couldn’t match growing demand.

Browne said, “The new server approach will enable us to have as close to a 24/7 operation as we can. The aim was to significantly reduce the maintenance we needed to run on the old system in terms of patching, upgrades and downtime.”

He said, “By moving to a virtual storage environment, we can maximise storage efficiency and demand and reduce the cost base of the infrastructure. We had to make the project as cost neutral as possible, by removing physical barriers and reutilising our newer servers for other projects instead of purchasing new ones.”

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