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Whether you are focused on running your current environment better, growing with new capabilities, or transforming with cloud, you must ensure the right data is available at the right time in the right place.

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For almost thirty years, innovation has been at the heart of NetApp’s culture and drives its commitment to delivering the best experience to its customers through every facet of how they do business. It is this culture of innovation that enables organisations around the world to leverage IT for strategic and competitive advantages. NetApp’ partners deliver a best-in-class experience that helps organisations around the world to go further, faster.

CSI is a NetApp Gold Partner and their market-leading offerings for All Flash and multi-tiered storage technology gives us the flexibility to offer the best in hybrid cloud delivery models integrated into Microsoft Azure and AWS.

NetApp’s HCI solution also enhances our hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio enabling clients to realise cost and efficiency savings from an integrated platform.

Our client, a leading UK construction service company, provides specialist design and build capabilities for civil engineering, public and private housebuilding and land development. Major projects include national transport infrastructure, government buildings and residential estates.

Challenge

The ongoing challenge for our client wasn’t just how to store its growing data volumes. It was how to do so without compromising on performance, or straining already tight budgets.

A successful design had to balance high-speed access and cost-efficient long-term storage. At the same time, manual migration of data between different types of storage would place an impossible burden on the IT team. Storage efficiency was also required to reduce the overall volume and complexity of data.

Solution

CSI implemented NetApp AFF A220, designed for cost-effective performance, resiliency and enterprise features as well StorageGRID object storage accessed via tiering and S3 to provide a cost-effective capacity tier.

The solution leverages the power of the ONTAP Data Fabric to provide access to storage, presenting data via multi-protocol access and performing data protection actions, such as snapshots and replication. ONTAP also manages where the data is stored – particularly in this solution, where multiple tiers exist.

Depending on the type of data, it is stored either: on all-flash volumes permanently; on all-flash volumes, but tiered to object storage based on policy (age, access, etc.); or directly on the object storage.

Outcomes

The redesign of the client’s storage environment boosted capacity, availability and performance. CSI and NetApp provided a highly resilient storage environment across multiple data centres. ONTAP enabled rule-based tiering and storage efficiency functions such as de-duplication and compression provide a 3:1 data reduction guarantee. In addition, intelligent tiering management reduced the need for costly all-flash storage in return for an increase in affordable StorageGRID – without an impact on performance.

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One in every eight hours of a working day in the construction industry is spent looking for project data through reams of information

1million

Large construction projects can generate over a million documents, emails and workflows - with +90% of all construction data that is captured going unused

62%

Almost two-thirds of UK construction companies who have completed a digital transformation project noted reduced operational costs