Wishing to abandon a system sized for smaller companies, HPE turned its attention to mid-range solutions which would be able to support the company in the years following their implementation.
“After an in-depth analysis performed alongside our partner,” Marmorini tells us, “we chose an HP 3PAR StoreServ, which offered the capacity, performance and security we required at a reasonable cost. IFIConsulting’s support was crucial in this phase in order to lay out the current goals, but above all to help us predict our requirements for the following five years, the period of time we had decided on for the life cycle of the new architecture.”
The new storage system was accompanied by upgrades to the processing power, with a new blade system based on four HP BL460c blades, improved connectivity, with a 10 Gigabit architecture based on HP 5130 equipment, and an HP StoreOnce 4500 disc-based backup system.
Ultra-wide band connectivity is used to connect the internal machines to the central system, but also those used in the new test bed, specified by management, which incorporates three full engine testing bays.
“As regards the backup system,”Mauriello concludes, “we maintained two distinct infrastructures. The new SAN, which is a disc-based system, and the old tape-based system, which is used as a recovery system”.