Balancing the load
The total implementation process took Oriel less than a couple of months and cost $180,000 including the SAN solution and blades. The integrator developed a project plan in consultation with the client to ensure minimum disruption to their business.
"By that time we did a capacity estimate and worked out what they needed," Wynne said.
Oriel deployed a HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) 4000, which is specifically designed for midsized users and combines server and storage management. It features capacity expansion, replication and storage administration capabilities. The virtualisation piece offers the client automatic load balancing, capacity pooling, configuration and simplified management.
A 10U high HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure was also put in place, which can hold up to 16 server or storage blades as well as optional redundant network and storage interconnect modules. VMware VI3 virtualisation technologies were also used during the implementation process.
"They've been able to reduce their footprint in the datacentre as well as power and cooling costs," Wynne said. Along with many other SMBs in the market, the client was running out of storage space and needed room for future expansion.
"We probably tripled their storage capacity," Wynne said. "The actual process of virtualising their environment and using HP blades provided them with a lot more availability."
Oriel is providing the client with ongoing monitoring and consulting solutions.
"We've learnt a lot about their infrastructure," Wynne said. "Since you're consulting on one aspect, you end up being involved in a lot of other areas of their IT infrastructure."
Down the pipeline the client is considering using server-based computing, according to Wynne.
"It means they can consolidate even further, leverage the infrastructure they have in place and get more bang for their buck out of their service," he said.