With all the noise in the market at the moment around Flash Storage, along with today’s launch of NetApp’s new E5600 and EF560 storage systems it seemed like a good time to write a short blog and include a case study around the subject.

The introduction of Flash storage (Solid State Disk, aka SSD) has effectively added another important layer to the storage hierarchy, providing, dependent on the workloads higher performance and potential cost savings. However, it’s very much ‘horses for courses’ as to whether you use all Flash, HDDs or a combination of the two in a hybrid configuration. It really is all about the workloads – what are you trying to achieve and at what cost? When it comes to using Flash in the cloud, the case study outlined below provides a good example of the benefits where a Cloud services provider saved more than $1 million by adopting NetApp storage efficiencies. In this example, the company needed to address scalability challenges in its storage infrastructure whilst maintaining acceptable service levels for more than 350,000 of its customers worldwide.

Challenge: Remain competitive in the hosted communication and collaboration services market with the agility and flexibility to respond to customers’ needs.

Solution: Migrate customer to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on a seamless, integrated NetApp storage platform with performance boosted by the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier (VST).

Benefits:

? Decreased total cost of ownership by 60 percent, saving more than $1 million in IT expenditures

? Reduced storage in the Microsoft Exchange 2010 environment by 75 percent

? Reduced storage management time by 66 percent

Overview: A premier provider of hosted business communication, collaboration, compliance and security, and infrastructure solutions to more than 350,000 users worldwide must deliver its cloud services from a cost-effective infrastructure that enables high availability, high-performance business solutions.

The storage platform supporting the company’s Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2007 environment had reached capacity. The platform lacked the scalability and manageability needed to upgrade these applications and migrate its customers.

The company worked closely with a technology solutions provider and NetApp Star Partner to find a robust, seamless, unified platform for managing physical and virtual resources.

The storage platform supporting the company’s Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2007 environments had reached capacity. The platform lacked the scalability and manageability needed to upgrade these applications and migrate its customers.

The company worked closely with a technology solutions provider and NetApp Star Partner to find a robust, seamless, unified platform for managing physical and virtual resources. It supports its communication and collaboration services with NetApp FAS8000 Series* storage systems in both its primary and secondary data centres and also in its lab environment.

NetApp storage systems help the cloud services provider optimize performance and improve the customer experience with the NetApp VST driven by 512 GB NetApp Flash Cache cards in its NetApp FAS8000 Series* storage systems. The company leverages VST – with its intelligent caching and NetApp storage efficiency technologies – for its Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint workloads. The NetApp VST provides the ability to increase IOPS, storage efficiency, and the number of Microsoft Exchange 2010 mailboxes supported. The company achieves additional efficiencies by using NetApp deduplication, which environments by 40 to 50 percent.

The NetApp storage solution helps this cloud services provider optimize its IT budget, reduce risk, and scale for growth. The midrange storage system provides a cost-effective environment for mixed workloads that protects the company’s investment through its inherent scalability. The NetApp FAS8000 Series* storage system further enhances the high-availability NetApp architecture by enabling additional diagnostics and non-disruptive recovery.

* systems recently changed to FAS 8000 Series since this case study was published in its original form

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Link to EF560 / E5600 press release: http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/press-releases/news-rel-20150127-493336.aspx

For more information:

NetApp Flash Storage: http://www.netapp.com/us/technology/flash-storage/index.aspx

NetApp Flash Storage for Dummies (version 2): http://www.netapp.com/us/system/pdf-reader.aspx?pdfuri=tcm:10-110254-16

NetApp EF Series: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/ef-series/index.aspx

NetApp E5600: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/e5600/index.aspx

NetApp FAS8000 storage: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/fas8000/index.aspx

NetApp Virtual Storage Tier: http://www.netapp.com/us/technology/virtual-storage-tier/index.aspx?q=VST&cp=1

Links to other associated blogs:

Wise words from our very own ‘Flashman’: http://community.netapp.com/t5/Pan-EMEA/Translating-Performance-into-Business-Value/ba-p/99811

Read our blogs on NetApp360:  http://community.netapp.com/t5/Technology/Flash-Costs-Less-Than-Disk-Yes-Really/ba-p/99796

 

 

 

 

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Martin Warren

Martin Warren is EMEA Cloud Solutions Manager at NetApp. Based in the UK, Martin has many years of experience working in data protection, data storage, virtualization, cloud, big data and networks. In his current role, Martin is responsible for NetApp’s EMEA cloud strategy and solutions with a focus on driving business growth and aligning NetApp’s cloud offering with customer and partner demand.

Martin is a specialist in private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, including the aspects of data storage and data management. He provides advice to businesses on the advantages and impact of different cloud and data storage solutions, helping them to meet their goals. In addition, Martin is a subject matter expert on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Prior to joining NetApp, Martin held positions at Symantec, Sun and StorageTek. He also worked at IT service delivery and consultancy companies Misys and 4Front Services, advising businesses on adopting IT services specifically from a blended approach.