university Campus Suffolk (UCS) dumped a failing IBM DS4700 SAN and changed it with a pair of Fujitsu DX-80s. The supplier made the £140,000 stream after IBM “washed its hands” of the complex DS4700 and it essential professional storage for its virtualisation venture.
UCS – with its leading site in Ipswich – has 9,000 students and 850 team of workers that access the firms IT programs by means of smartphones, laptops and pcs.
it is currently part manner via a undertaking to bring apps that latitude from workplace productiveness to specialised departmental applications from a virtualised infrastructure and is presently on the 35% mark.
A prerequisite for a a success virtualisation venture is reputable shared storage, however americahad lengthy suffered from efficiency and availability problems with an IBM DS4700 SAN that frequently failed, talked about John Herd, head of IT at UCS.
He referred to: “The old SAN, an IBM DS4700, fell over plenty. They spent 18 months trying to get things appropriate until IBM washed its fingers of it. They suffered catastrophic facts losses that blanketed a two-week rebuild from backups of all facts and a different occasion where all electronic mail turned into lost.”
He delivered: “One issue changed into that backups had been staged to disk on the IBM SAN and it wasn’t performant adequate to cope. They asked across the channel for a time-honored, essential, scalable device and have been suggested Fujitsu.”
within the conclusion IBM “washed its hands” of the concerns with the DS SAN and UCS’ IT branch determined it wouldn’t are attempting to hold it going with out organization help.
Herd’s crew begun to appear around for a new SAN to guide the virtualisation project and at last settled on Fujitsu DX-eighty, however not after a lot of different storage suppliers had tried and didn't promote them inappropriate or high priced solutions.
u.s.a.Director of IT Peter O’Rourke reeled off an inventory of storage suppliers that offered systems that have been too costly or inappropriately detailed for the corporation’s needs.
HP pointed out: “'You want an EVA’ and showed the cost tag of £750,000. once I bought returned onto my chair, I referred to they didn’t need all these aspects,” referred to O’Rourke.
IBM offered a successor system, pointed out O’Rourke, additionally with an “eye-watering” expense tag whereas Hitachi records programs (HDS) offered “the incorrect device on the incorrect expense”. meanwhile, “Dell seemed to be at 12 months end and keen to dump anything onto us,” said the director of IT.
ultimately there changed into EMC. “The rate became laughable,” mentioned O’Rourke. “They gave the impression to have no comprehension of the monetary or technical capabilities they possessed in the case of the methods they desired to promote to us.”
ultimately, Fujitsu offered “an affordable system at a reasonable price,” referred to head of IT, Herd.
Herd introduced: “Fujitsu is boringly legit and as a technical adult i'll take that anytime. I don’t desire wonderful or unpredictable; I need it to do the identical factor each time. They didn’t want snapshots or replication or a lot of aspects however an easy, inexpensive storage gadget.”
What usaeventually settled on turned into two Fujitsu DX80s with SAS (circa 44TB) and SATA (128TB) drives without a snapshots and no replication. it's split right into a and B SANs. every outlets some of the institution’s key utility statistics and every backs as much as the other and then to IBM tape.
the key benefit for u.s.a.is that it has shared storage that works reliably to help its virtualisation undertaking, said O’Rourke.
“We’ve acquired a a hundred% boost in storage reliability,” he talked about “We’d got to the point with the IBM SAN that their technical staff wouldn’t define, expand or contract LUNs on the DS as a result of they knew it will go bang.”