Matt Grech from the Credit and Investments Ombudsman Service (CIO) recently spoke at the Sydney stop on SimpliVity’s “Get Hyperconverged” Global Tour. He discussed the data protection and operational efficiency gains that CIO has seen from implementing SimpliVity’s hyperconverged solution.
CIO provides Australian consumers access to fair external dispute resolution services. The organization partners with more than 18,000 financial service providers to give consumers an alternative to legal proceedings.
The company did not have a VMware or shared storage solution prior to implementing SimpliVity. CIO’s physical environment consisted of general-purpose servers with built-in storage, and the physical stack consumed multiple racks in their data center. Their complex infrastructure ran Microsoft Small Business Server and other critical business applications. The organization performed weekly full backups and nightly incremental backups to portable drives with Symantec Backup Exec. This infrastructure didn’t meet their business continuity objectives, it came with high maintenance costs, and a high IT management overhead.
Before deciding on the final solution, CIO looked at three different alternatives to see which one would best fit their needs. They evaluated moving to a cloud-based solution, a traditional legacy stack of servers and SAN, and finally SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. After weighing the options, they decided to implement a SimpliVity solution with help from the IT Consult team.
Matt has been running the SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for more than six months now and a few things struck me from his presentation:
- CIO virtualized their environment as they implemented SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure. Many people think that their environment needs to be virtualized before implementing a hyperconverged solution, but that’s certainly wasn’t the case for the CIO.
- CIO is getting incredible data efficiency from their hyperconverged infrastructure. Currently, the average SimpliVity customer is getting 35:1 data efficiency. CIO is getting 295:1. Putting that into perspective, CIO is storing 2.28PB of data on just 8 TB of disk. Yes, that’s right, storing two petabytes on eight terabytes of disk.
- CIO has radically simplified their IT environment. The company has lowered their management overhead and has moved from multiple racks in their data center to just 4U. CIO now has a higher performing environment – with key reports running three to four times faster, and full system backups running every 10 minutes (compared to weekly before).
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