Whatever Your Size, You Share the Pain
by Claus Mikkelsen on Feb 5, 2010
Among the various storage vendors (and network vendors, and server vendors, and what the heck, all of IT infrastructure hardware and software), one can have a full-time job just following and reading the mountains of press releases. Add to that a few thousand blogs, tweets, and other social networking sources, and it’s easy to see how we can all drown in a sea of information. (And here I am blogging about a press release, but that’s not the point of the blog…read on).
So a week or so ago we, too, issued a press release of another success story of ours. This was about a customer: City of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. “What??!!” you must be saying. Well, check it out…click this to bring up a map of the city and here is their website. OK, so it’s not London or Beijing, nor is it likely to land a Fortune 100 slot anytime soon (well, it’s a municipality so it can’t), but it has the same issues that are causing HDS to win many new customers of all sizes, worldwide. Some of the issues and requirements facing “the city”, were:
• 24/7 – needed exceptional storage reliability
• Desired to reduce carbon footprint
• Faced incredible storage capacity growth
• Needed to improve service to its users
• Data movement/migration challenges
• Massive increases in the number of applications and also database growth
• Limited staff to manage that growth
• Growing complexity of the infrastructure
Sound familiar? Well, it is, and it’s a theme I hear often and consistently from many customers of all sizes. So it does not matter whether you’re REALLY a Fortune 100 or a much smaller enterprise, the challenges are the same, as are the solutions.
So what did they do? Well, Coquitlam implemented an HDS USP-VM with tiered storage, storage virtualization, and Dynamic Provisioning, along with disaster recovery. It may sound too simple that a short list like this can solve these problems, but it can, big or small. Check it out. I think many can relate to the challenges they faced and why they made the decision they did.