Enterprise Storage Management case study

You can hire the best people, have the most proactive executives, and run the most sophisticated IT departments, and still struggle with your enterprise storage management. If your company has storage infrastructure spread across multiple data centers, utilizes dozens if not hundreds of arrays, and is facing increased budget pressures, you are probably searching for more transparency across siloed systems. The monetary waste and vulnerability that occurs due to inefficient and timely processes is a frustrating problem for many IT leaders. Simplify your storage management process so you can make informed strategic decisions, and stop ‘flying blind.’

How to improve the IT storage management process?

A company’s IT storage needs to be easily accessible and the insights must be reliable so executives can make smart decisions for infrastructure planning and cost savings. By implementing an agnostic storage management solution that brings AI and data consulting services to their fingertips, IT leaders are saving millions of dollars with an improved data management process. VSI is helping IT leaders optimize their storage management process, enabling them to be the smart strategic leaders they were hired to be.

When You Need to Get More Value Out of What You Already Have

If the need for transparency across siloed systems sounds familiar, it is the exact problem that was facing a large DFW-based airline, with 3,600 flights a day that serve 94 global destinations. This Fortune 500 Company is known for hiring innovative employees with passion and a desire to excel. Their trailblazing employees are some of the best in their industry.

Faced with the need to reduce spend, this forward-looking infrastructure team needed to identify areas to reduce expenses and get more value out of what they already had. Without easy access to critical and reliable data, they were looking for assurance that their 100+ arrays were operating optimally and efficiently. They knew that they needed reliable, real-time data in order to make strategic infrastructure decisions.

The enterprise IT Director stated, “Our challenge with our storage environment was the amount of time it took to identify inefficiencies. We simply didn’t have the technology in place to perform this analysis on a weekly basis. 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.”

Greater Transparency Leads to Greater Savings

What does an IT leader do when you’re striving to be a strategic leader, who optimizes your resources, but disparate tools, manual processes and a lack of data transparency are inhibiting your access to the critical insights needed for smart infrastructure planning?

You partner with a company who can help you reduce the complexity in managing your unique environment. VSI helped the IT leaders at this airline uncover how much unclaimed storage they already had as spot inefficiencies.

Those inefficiencies totaled over 730 TB of immediately available orphaned storage. The company had been paying $1.30 per GB, so simply identifying this one area of inefficiency resulted in the airline avoiding spending $1M on storage. That wasn’t the only cost savings that the airline was able to reclaim. VSI also pinpointed systems where storage user pools were overused, allowing workloads to be re-allocated which resulted in avoided storage purchases saving $500,000.

It’s clear that when IT leaders are given the transparency they need, in combination with access to critical and reliable data, high cost savings can be realized. Without the transparency IT leaders just face more monetary waste and more frustration.

VSI simplifies your enterprise storage management process. Using a nonintrusive method, we organize independent data elements into a common format for visualization. With the right insights your IT team can make quality decisions that save time, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert and let us put together a proof of concept so you can see where you can start saving today.

Key Takeaways for Enterprise Storage Managment

  • The monetary waste and vulnerability that occurs due to inefficient and timely processes is a frustrating problem for many IT leaders.
  • Simplify your storage management process so you can make informed strategic decisions.
  • IT leaders need transparency and access to critical and reliable data in order to make strategic infrastructure decisions.
  • VSI can help you reduce the complexity in managing your unique environment.