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Managed Backup: Case Study

SANpulse Saves the Day During Major Data Center Consolidation Project

SANlogics’ unmatched flexibility and performance enables a client migration record of 257 hosts with 104 TB of storage

Customer: Fortune 100 Financial Services Firm

Challenge: Market volatility led to the cancellation of a migration event and with a hard time line to exit two existing data centers, this SANpulse customer more than doubled the host counts for the next two migration events.

Key Metrics:

  • 100% successful migration in a timely risk free manner
  • Migrated and transformed 257 hosts
  • Migrated and optimized 104TBs of data
  • Expedited adoption of new technologies resulting in double digit operational efficiencies
  • No additional delivery resources added (1 Architect and 2 implementation teams of 2 each working in shifts)

SANpulse Delivers Business Value:

  • Real-time scalability to meet real-time business needs
  • Maintained the schedule to exit the data centers on time avoiding $1.5 million in lease penalties
  • Accommodated dynamic business requirements while delivering on schedule
  • Delivered consolidation cost savings (reduction in floor space and power)
  • Zero increase in costs to the customer

Migration Details:
Leading up to Weekend #1: Due to business circumstances the Client initiated a Worldwide Change Freeze the day before the scheduled move of 42 hosts. Data could not be migrated as planned. SANlogics was able to accommodate this last minute change and automatically generate audits and new work files for the following weekend to move the data targeted for both weekend #1 and for weekend #2.

Through Weekend #2: Before weekend #2, the Client changed the business requirement from Open Replicator and Host-based migration to all Cold Pull Open Replicator. SANlogics software once again automatically adjusted to this business requirement change in the move method 48 hours prior to the migration event. Despite last minute changes in requirements and the rollover of all hosts that weren't initiated in weekend #1, SANpulse executed flawlessly. 123 hosts and 48 TBs of data were migrated in a single weekend window.

Weekend #3: Due to the pressing need to consolidate the data centers to avoid financial penalties, weekend #3 exceeded the activity of weekend #2 and the team seamlessly migrated and consolidated 134 hosts and 56 TBs of data to V-Max.

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Joe Austin is Vice President, Client Relations, at Ventana Public Relations. He joined Ventana PR in 2006 with more than 14 years experience in high-tech strategic communications. His media relations experience spans both broadcast and print, and he maintains longstanding relationships with editors and reporters at business, IT, channel, and vertical publications. Austin's relationship with the media includes marquee outlets including CNN, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press for clients ranging from startups to billion-dollar enterprises. Experience includes working with Maxell, McDATA (Acquired by Brocade), Center for Internet Security, Securent (Acquired by Cisco), Intrepidus Group/PhishMe, FireEye, Mimosa Systems, Xiotech, MOLI.com, EMC/Rainfinity, Spinnaker Networks (Acquired by NetApp), ONStor, Nexsan, Asigra, Avamar (Acquired by EMC), BakBone Software, Dot Hill, SANRAD, Open-E and others. With more than a decade of strategic planning, media tours, press conferences, and media/analyst relations for companies in the data storage, security, server virtualization, IT outsourcing and networking arenas, Austin's domain expertise assists in positioning clients for leadership. Austin was recently recognized as a “Top Tech Communicator” for the second year in a row by PRSourceCode. The editorial community – represented by more than 300 participating IT journalists – rated each winner based on best overall performance and recognized those who added the most value to their editorial processes in terms of responsiveness, reliability, and overall understanding of editorial needs.