Flying Blind

“My CFO loves me! Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) helped usdiscover unclaimed usable storage… at $1.30/GB leveraging our existing storage resulted in a ~$1M cost avoidance” IT Director, Large Airline

A large airline,with 3,600 flights a day that serve 94 global destinations, has a large cross-platform storage infrastructure spread across three main data centers. Known for their trailblazing, this Fortune 500 Company is known to hire the best, most sophisticated and proactive employees in their industry.

The Challenge

This forward-looking infrastructure team wanted to proactively gain assurance that their 87 arrays were optimally and efficiently operating. And, with budgets being set soon, they also needed to justify future storage purchases. To achieve this, they needed real, rapid insight on their current environment. The IT Director, said “Our challenges with our storage environment were knowing how much unclaimed storage we had, spotting inefficiencies, as well as seeing which business unit and user groups consume the most or use the least of their allocated storage. We simply didn’t have the technology in place to perform this analysis on a weekly basis — so we assumed that all arrays were fully utilized. Not only that, but we couldn’t track and spot trends to proactively tackle issues, such as which systems are overextended and when upgrades are needed on these systems. This left us flying blind.”

The Solution

“Visual Storage Intelligence® helped us to not only know how much unclaimed storage we had, but also spot inefficiencies, which resulted in two key benefits: saving the company money and pinpointing overextended systems that were in need of attention and upgrades. And, this is just the beginning…” In total, with Visual Storage Intelligence® the company identified over 730 TB of immediately available orphaned storage – and, at $1.30/GB, they avoided spending ~$1 M in costs. And,Visual Storage Intelligence® helped the company pinpoint systems where storage user pools were overused, systems where performance thresholds were overextended, and isolated frequently failing systems where firmware upgrades were needed.

About Us

In 2010, Visual Storage Intelligence® was created by a group of consultants with over 30 years of collective storage experience. It was developed to leash storage costs by eliminating array opacity. Today,Visual Storage Intelligence® continues to help address growing IT challenges by being 100% customer driven.