Tardis, Dimension Data and NetApp have landed a contract with the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) to develop a unified storage platform.
Tardis was involved in supplying the hardware and software on the deal and Dimension Data will be providing services. The price of the deal has not been disclosed.
The NetApp V-Series system will be used to consolidate the department’s existing, multi-vendor storage environment. The implementation aims to improve the flow and format of information to DECCW customers, enhance service delivery, manage storage growth more effectively and streamline data backup and recovery.
The department employs about 4000 staff and has 200 branch offices across NSW.
According to DECCW, its storage system was reaching a point where it was difficult to handle the growing requirements.
Data storage requirements were increasing because of its increasing use of spatial technology and satellite imagery for line of business applications, and a push to provide customers with more digital resources including interactive tours and mapping tools.
Previously, DECCW would manage their expanding data storage requirements through adding storage capacity when it was required, but it had found this was becoming unsustainable, particularly as its backup capabilities rapidly reached capacity. Backups were also being duplicated across multiple sites, further exhausting the system.
A key element of the solution for DECCW was 100 x NetApp FAS storage systems to be installed across its branch offices around the state.
Data deduplication technology was also introduced to reduce the amount of data being stored to disk, streamlining the backup process and reduce the amount of data being sent over the network.
It also involves snapshot technology to help improve efficiency and enable frequent point-in-time backups. These technologies helped solve the need for increasing storage demands, limiting the amount of storage space required and improving disaster recovery capabilities.
The NetApp solution will be rolled out in phases and is expected to be completed in two to three years, with 60 x FAS systems being implemented across NSW by the end of 2010.
The NSW DECCW will deploy two NetApp V3160HA storage systems at its head office and 100 NetApp FAS2020 storage systems at branch offices across the state.
NetApp SnapMirror will replicate data from DECCW’s Sydney-based primary datacentre, to its western-Sydney-based back-up datacentre.