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Storage Management “Made Easy”
“Quick, clear analysis helped us to make better decisions and save money.”
VP of IT Infrastructure, Major Food Producer
Our customer is one of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies, producing a full line of dairy and soy products. They have a large IT infrastructure spread across 5 main data centers in the United States. Due to their complex, widely distributed network, They needed a solution to quickly analyze and display their SANs and NAS devices.
The Vice President of IT Infrastructure, stated “One of our challenges with our large and diverse IT Infrastructure was keeping track of our storage environment. Knowing which servers were using which portions of our Tier 1/Tier 2 storage, where our free space existed, and making sure all of our SAN’s and NAS devices were being used properly was a very complex and manual task which was error prone as well as impossible to keep up with. Not only was this a difficult task for our storage administrators but management did not have the information to make our business decisions.”
“We chose Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) because it leveraged our existing environment without requiring any additional tools or products to install”, said Director of Architecture. Our patent-pending solution enabled them to“…get weekly reports and charts showing exactly what the status of our DS4000 and NetApp NAS storage arrays are, which servers are using which storage and where potential issues may be. This is the perfect tool for our environment, it has required no implementation time or effort and we get the reports we need whenever we need them.”
“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.
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.”
“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 GB 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.
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.
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 IT Manager, stated “One of our challenges with our large and diverse IT Infrastructure was keeping track of our storage environment. Knowing which servers were using which portions of our Tier 1/Tier 2 storage, where our free space existed, and making sure all of our SAN and NAS devices were being used properly was a very complex and manual task which was error prone as well as impossible to keep up with. Not only was this a difficult task for our storage administrators but management did not have the information to make our business decisions.”
“We decided to use Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) because it leveraged our existing environment without requiring any additional tools or products to install”, said Director of Architecture. Our patent-pending solution enabled them to“…get a quick snapshot showing exactly what the status of our EMC and NetApp storage arrays are, which servers are using which storage and where potential issues may be.” 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.
Keeping a Lid on Storage Sprawl
“By instantly providing enterprise-wide visibility and intelligence on storage utilization and capacity, Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) has helped us to save money, time, and manpower.”
VP of IT Infrastructure, Tupperware Brands
Founded in 1946, Tupperware Brands Corporation develops, manufactures, and internationally distributes its products by utilizing over a million independent sales people, 1,800 distributors, 61,300 managers, and 1.3 million dealers in about 100 countries.Their products include kitchen and home products, and beauty and personal care products.
Tupperware is the global leader in storage solutions because it has, for decades, helped its customers to simplify their home and kitchen storage complexity. In 2010, Tupperware turned to Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) service to simplify their data storage complexity. “One of our IT Infrastructure challenges was keeping track of our storage environment so that we can make smarter decisions about our current and future storage needs,” stated Bill Slaughter, Director, Storage Management. Managing storage across multiple data centers and storage arrays can indeed prove to be challenging. What made Tupperware’s situation more challenging was their time,resource, and financial constraints. “Like everyone else, we need to do more with less time, money and resources,” stated Mr. Slaughter.
Tupperware needed a solution which would give them pertinent storage information but would not require anything new to learn or install. They selected Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) because it enabled better storage decision-making. “We chose Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) because it is a low cost solution that requires no education or training and gives us the visibility we need without having to install or learn additional products.”In addition, the solution enabled Mr. Slaughter to “…get reports and charts that depict the status of our storage infrastructure, at any point in time,throughout our enterprise. It also summarized this information into a single executive report as well as tracked historical growth within each environment– which is an added bonus.”
Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) was created by a group of consultants in 2010 with over 30 years of collective experience.It was developed to unleash technological complexity in storage management. Today, Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) continues to be 100% customer driven to help address growing IT challenges.