Server and storage virtualisation? Comic Relief is laughing

Entertainment charity Comic Relief has implemented a new storage area network (SAN) and virtualised platform to create a virtual storage and server environment – cutting by 20 per cent the number of its physical servers, and reducing power, cooling and server housing costs, the organisation says.

Based on VMware and SAN solutions from Compellent, the new system also deploys thin provisioning to boost asset utilisation. The installation was carried out by IT infrastructure specialists Fordway Solutions, a Compellent partner. 

As a result of deploying Compellent technologies such as thin provisioning, automated tiered storage and continuous snapshots, the charity has improved dramatically its IT asset utilisation. It has also cut the number of physical servers required by one-fifth, while reducing the costs of powering, cooling and housing their servers – helping Comic Relief meet its environmental IT commitments, the parties claim.

“[The] SAN has been instrumental in reducing our IT capital and operational costs,” reports John Thompson, Comic Relief’s head of IT. “It also ensures that our systems are better protected from potential downtime and data loss.”

Organisations like Comic Relief are building flexible virtual data centres founded on storage virtualisation technologies and VMware server virtualisation solutions, reckons Andy Hardy, Compellent managing director of international sales: “Together with VMware, we have enabled Comic Relief to move towards an environmentally-friendly storage and server infrastructure.”

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