The selected 12TB SANs will lower storage-related capital and operational costs, as well as providing the charity with a proactive data disaster recovery platform for its library of over 200,000 horticultural images.
Richard Blanford, managing director of Fordway, said: “Fordway has fully implemented this project within the RHS’s primary site and its data recovery site. Fordway will continue to offer the RHS its full support service.”
Blanford said that Fordway is also in talks with the RHS about a server
virtualisation project as
the second part of the company’s consolidation project.
Andy Hardy, managing director for international sales at Compellent, said: “The RHS has a small IT team and it would be expensive for it to employ a SAN specialist for such a complex task.”
Hardy explained that Fordway already had a relationship with the RHS through
“Compellent’s SAN is made up of dynamic block architecture, so data can be moved,” he added.
Phillip Galdwin, IT security and operations manager at the RHS, said in a statement: “The Compellent SAN offered environmental credentials, which are important to the RHS since it actively promotes the value of biodiversity and plant life."
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