Civica picks Compellent for storage overhaul

Civica has completed a major storage upgrade to Compellent’s Storage Center SAN technology.

Civica works with 1800 public sector organisations world wide, including 90 percent of UK police forces and more than 200 housing associations. This means it needs flexible, easily managed systems and storage, according to Tony Ditchfield, Civica UK’s Managed Services Department leader.

Compellent uses storage virtualisation, automated tiered storage and thin provisioning technologies and Ditchfield recommended a Compellent solution because of its scalability, flexibility, availability and low admin requirements.

The service provider has deployed four Compellent SANs with 54 TB of raw storage on each, tiered between fibre channel and SATA drives. The deployment uses an 80/20 split of its storage between slower, more affordable SATA drives and faster but more costly fibre channel drives.

Civica is expected to get 75-80 per cent in savings over the cost of a pure fibre channel solution and improve Civica UK’s green credentials by virtualising inefficient standalone servers.

Ditchfield said, “With the Compellent SAN, storage is no longer a full-time role and we’ve been able to minimise the time spent administrating storage to meet the dynamic nature of the projects and applications our business demands.

For example, thin provisioning allows the team to only dedicate the amount of storage that each customer actually needs at any given time, and charge them accordingly.”

Ditchfield added that, “Storage is no longer a full-time role. Why should we be there trying to nurse a SAN through the course of a day? If any business is doing that then there is something wrong.”

Civica UK is placing new SAN at the core of its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project and its newly-launched VME (Virtual Machine Environment) data centre.

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