Customer Saves A Quarter Million Dollars

“By instantly providing enterprise-wide visibility and intelligence on orphaned storage, Visual Storage Intelligence® helped us save a quarter million dollars.” IT Manager, Large Retailer

A large retailer, selling a full line of auto parts has a large IT infrastructure spread across 7 main data centers. They needed to allocate storage for a new application, and were planning on buying an additional array to fulfill the requirement. Although they relied heavily on their storage vendor for advice, they wanted more factual insight on their current environment to ensure they were making an intelligent business decision.

The Challenge

The IT Manager stated, “We needed the insight into specific performance across all our environments to insure our storage environment was meeting the application and users requirements.  Before Visual Storage Intelligence we just gave away storage on a first come first server basis.

The Solution

Now, with VSI, we are able to place and manage storage more strategically which allowed us to reduce our overall costs, improve our storage performance, and significantly lower the amount of time and effort required to do analysis and tracking.  VSI did all the work for us so we could spend our time on decision making not data collection and analysis.”

The customer was surprised in the insight quickly provided by Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI). In one particular array, they found 75% of the array was orphaned. Six months before, the IT team had undergone an intense data migration project, and moved storage amongst their various arrays. This particular array had data that was no longer needed and/or valid, but the LUNs still showed as allocated. Excited about these findings, the IT manager was able to visually show how this free space could be used for the new application. Eventually, the company did not have to buy new storage, and saved themselves $250,000.

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