A new lease on life

A new lease on life

A look at how Datacom helped one resources company freshen up its storage infrastructure.

Operating in multiple countries amid the commodities boom is great for business, especially if one of those nations is Australia. But when faced with a marked increase in data storage requirements, while utilising an older IT infrastructure, the business can risk missing out on opportunities because of poor performance.

Straits Resources, a WA-based mining and resources company with operations throughout Australia and Indonesia, was suffering from exactly this kind of aged infrastructure problem when it called on Datacom for help.

The problem

Datacom HP solutions architect, Scott Smidt, said the Straits Resources’ infrastructure was becoming unreliable and difficult to maintain.

“Based on one-to-one architecture, there was also limited redundancy and failover in the existing build,” he said.

In light of these difficulties, Straits Resources approached Datacom with two immediate objectives. First, it needed the services integrator to recommend, design and implement an enterprise server and storage solution that would support its SAP suite on a reliable and adaptive platform. Second, it asked Datacom to provide a backup and disaster recovery strategy for the above solution, which would also incorporate virtualisation for the first time for the company.

“Initially, the engagement was based around the procurement of servers and storage for SAP within Perth and Singapore, and what the process would be around the backup and recovery of data in the event of a failure, and the processes and strategy of recovery of the site in the event of a disaster,” Smidt said. “Our approach was based around partnering with both the client and vendors to ensure that the client received the best value from the engagement.”

During the engagement process, the initial investigation identified other business requirements and risks that could be resolved with creative design and the use of more modern technologies, he said.

“As with most engagements, it was 80 per cent design and 20 per cent implementation, meaning we scoped well to deliver once,” Smidt said.

The solution

Datacom proposed a gradual transition solution from the incumbent system to an HP enterprise server and storage solution. Infrastructure to be implemented included an HP c7000 blade chassis and HP blade servers, HP enterprise virtual arrays, VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 and HP Systems Insight Manager.

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