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Reliance Worldwide chooses Tandberg Data to support growing success

  • 21 January, 2009 11:11

<p>Accelerating growth that underpins the success of Reliance Worldwide (Australia) has created the need for more powerful data storage technology, and the company has chosen a Tandberg Data solution to safeguard its mission critical data.</p>
<p>Reliance Worldwide (Australia) is part of the successful Reliance Worldwide group of companies with operations in the USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. One of world’s largest manufacturers of thermostatic water control valves, Reliance designs, develops and manufactures a complete range of water mixing products that comply with all major international standards. For more than half a century it has been the prime global supplier of hot water safety valves, plus a complete range of plumbing and heating products.</p>
<p>Reliance Worldwide (Australia) remains the largest operation in the group, with three manufacturing facilities in Brisbane and a facility in Melbourne. Worldwide its facilities produce more than 10 million control valves and 100 million fittings every year.</p>
<p>In recent years, the Australian company has progressed gradually from using DLT (Digital Linear Tape) technology for data storage, to different generations of LTO (Linear Tape – Open) technology. Recently exponential data growth prompted the need to implement a suitable tape library solution.</p>
<p>A careful evaluation process focused on recommendations from various national distributors. Reliance Worldwide, assisted by solutions provider Rapidfire, compared existing users of the vendors’ products. Word-of-mouth contributed to their decision.</p>
<p>“We found that Tandberg Data was competitive in price and provided the kind of quality, reliability and vendor strength that we look for when selecting a product,” said Scott Hunter, CEO of Rapidfire, and managing all IT solutions for Reliance Worldwide (Australia). “Coupled with successful existing and proven implementations, this impelled us to implement Tandberg Data’s technology ahead of its competitors’ products.”</p>
<p>He added: “One of the main problems with the other vendors’ solutions was the lack of a required level of local customer care. In contrast, we partner regularly with a team of storage &amp; backup specialists to bring innovative solutions to the table."</p>
<p>Reliance Australia has installed a dual drive Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40 using 40 slots and LTO-4, with 64TB compressed (32TB native) capacity, at its Brisbane headquarters. Similarly configured T40s will be implemented at the company’s three other Australian sites. The StorageLibrary at head office will replace a smaller Tandberg Data device, which will be used for storing data elsewhere in the group, at a smaller site. Reliance is also considering implementing an additional Tandberg tape library in the near future, as part of a disaster recovery solution.</p>
<p>“Before we implemented the first StorageLibrary, the group’s data growth was too fast and our existing solution was unable to backup all our data,” said Scott Hunter. “The Tandberg Data solution has rectified this problem while giving us a generous allowance for future growth.”</p>
<p>The new setup is viewed as a solution that will serve Reliance for three years, after which the solution will be reviewed.</p>
<p>The implementation of data storage library technology will make it easier for Tandberg Data’s channel partner Rapidfire to manage Reliance Worldwide’s systems. Maintenance from site to site will be greatly simplified, as there will be no individual tapes to manage, and systems can be configured, monitored and controlled remotely with the browser based remote management interface. SNMP notification will send information on the library status to the administrator. Another benefit lies in the fact that the Tandberg storage solution is expandable. With Capacity on Demand (CoD), usable capacity can increase as the data grows, by expanding from 24 to 40 slots.</p>
<p>“Benefits for management include the easy restoration of files for management and long term storage, as well as confidence in the security of the firm’s data,” said Scott Hunter. “IT staff will appreciate the ease of file restoration, the solution’s expandability, and the fact that Tandberg Data’s technology has given them confidence in the long term prospects of the solution.</p>
<p>“Day-to-day use of the Tandberg Data solution has simplified the data storage and backup process, especially in exporting tapes. The Tandberg StorageLibrary also runs faster than the previous solution.”</p>
<p>Hunter added: “We find Tandberg Data’s equipment very reliable and cost effective. We have an excellent relationship with our Tandberg Data distributor, Datastor, which we find mutually beneficial.”</p>
<p>Established in 2002, Rapidfire has become a significant player in providing hardware, software, programming and networking service and support to suit customers’ specific requirements. Customer service is the differentiator. The company offers a range of customised business applications ranging from small domestic sites to large international sites.</p>
<p>Like Reliance, Rapidfire’s expansion is accelerating. The company has doubled in size over the past two years. Since its inception five years ago, it has incorporated an extensive range of expertise covering all facets of ICT. The company recently upsized its head office, and has new offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Adding to this, Rapidfire has recently implemented a new face to their website</p>
<p>Solution Overview</p>
<p>4 x Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40, with dual Full Height LTO-4 drives, using 40 slots with total capacity of 64TB compressed (32TB native). Backup software for the Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40 is Bakbone Netvault, with a Windows server platform. All servers interconnect via a gigabit network.</p>
<p>About Tandberg Data</p>
<p>Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection technologies. Tandberg Data offers of a complete range of tape libraries, tape autoloaders and tape drives (based on the LTO™, SLR™, and VXA® tape technology platforms), storage software, data media and disk-based storage such as the RDX® QuikStor™. These solutions are marketed exclusively through a channel of qualified resellers and distributors.</p>
<p>These solutions are underpinned by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Apple, and Dell and supported by all major operating systems and storage software applications to operate in heterogeneous network environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium-sized organisations with scalability, reliability, and backward compatibility features that ensure cost effective operation and long-term investment protection.</p>
<p>In addition to corporate offices in Oslo, Norway, TANDBERG DATA ASA has subsidiaries in the USA, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore, as well as branch offices in Italy, and China (PRC) and Brazil. TANDBERG DATA ASA is a publicly held company based in Oslo, Norway and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker=TAD).</p>
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<p>RDX QuikStor and SLR are trademarks of Tandberg Data ASA. VXA is a registered trademark of Tandberg Data ASA. RDX is a registered trademark of ProStor Systems, Inc. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM and Quantum. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>David Frost, PR Deadlines Pty Ltd
+612-4341 5021 or 4341 5021</p>
<p>Mr Lim Cheng Chuan, Country Manager (Australia &amp; New Zealand)
Mobile: +61(0)-404 135 813
<p>Huang Yanyi, Tandberg Data (Asia) Pte Ltd
+65-6396 0786 or mobile +65-9232 9966.</p>

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