British Transport Police signs storage deal with Dell as part of virtualisation strategy

The British Transport Police (BTP) has deployed a Dell Fluid Data Solution to sit on its VMware platform, as part of the force's server virtualisation strategy.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has deployed a Dell Fluid Data Solution to sit on its VMware platform, as part of the force's server virtualisation strategy.

The system will sort data generated from BTP's command control, crime reporting and intelligence applications, as well as data from case details and other intelligence analysis.

Data from BTP's 148 sites has been consolidated onto one SAN. The system automatically sorts, classifies and stores information in the right place.

Combined with virtualisation software, the new system provides the force with on-demand access to intelligence and command data. The BTP said the system has reduced duplication of data by around 30%-40%.

In 2009, BTP launched an enterprise-wide virtualisation initiative, replacing physical servers and out-of-capacity attached storage with the beginnings of a completely virtualised infrastructure based on Dell Compellent storage and VMware. BTP has consolidated 120 of its servers to four virtual servers.

Philip Clifton, assistant technology manager of infrastructure at BTP, said: "Our IT infrastructure is going through a huge transformation, and we cannot afford missteps in protecting passenger safety. We need to access the right data, right at the moment we need it, right at the location we need it. The Fluid Data storage solution provided us with an open architecture that maximises our virtualisation strategy."

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