Itim Upgrades Storage Supply Chain with SAN
Itim Ltd., a supplier of software systems for retail supply chain operations, required additional storage to support its highly accessed SQL servers. After researching Fibre channel and direct attached storage, Itim decided that an IP SAN was more convenient and cost-effective.
Itim Ltd., headquartered in London, with three additional locations throughout England. A supplier of software systems transforming retail supply chains operate. Key customers include McDonald’s, Whitbread, Shoe Zone, Harvey Nichols and Halfords. Itim’s Plymouth office provides B2B data translation services for leading retailers and their supply chain partners, while offices in London, Huntingdon and Hull offer point of sale and back office retail solutions.
Itim’s IT Environment
The company’s datacenter, located in Plymouth, relies heavily on Microsoft SQL Server for database management, and supports hundreds of thousands of documents daily for employees, customers and partners, accessing the Itim network directly.
As Itim’s IT environment grew, they required additiional backend storage to support two powerful SQL servers in a highly data-intensive environment. After evaluating Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), direct attached storage and other technologies, Kevin Williams, Itim’s network manager for the Plymouth office, decided an IP SANs represented the optimal choice. Williams cited ease of administration, use and upgradeability – and value – as reasons for adopting an IP SAN.
Itim chose an OptiSAN to centralize storage operations while managing 1.5TB of data. Each OptiSAN IP SANs offers enhanced redundancy, availability and performance. Using high-performance storage interconnects, they are designed for enterprise environments in need of a versatile SAN for primary and secondary storage to support online transaction processing, database management, email archiving, disk-to-disk backup, virtual servers and other core applications.
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