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DataCore’s SANmelody Virtualization and Thin Provisioning Goes to New Highs of Storage Utilization and Management
DataCore Software, a leading provider of storage virtualization, has implemented a SAN solution that automatically provides capacity for Microsoft Virtual Server and Citrix environments at Boosey & Hawkes, international music publishers. 

DataCore’s SANmelody solution simplifies management and operation of resources; optimizes utilization of storage capacity and opens the door to high availability data sharing between sites.

From its London data center, Boosey & Hawkes provides IT services for over 100 staff based across the music capitals of the world in London, New York and Berlin. Boasting one of the world’s largest music back-catalogue and archive collections, and faced with annual data growth of at least 20 percent, the company needed to find a business continuity solution that would facilitate the sharing of highly available data between sites and guarantee global availability, 24x7.  

Viglen Storage Group, a UK DataCore partner, implemented an auto failover/auto recovery mirrored replication solution through two DataCore SANmelody 2.0 SANs acting as identical mirrors to ensure high availability and failover for disaster recovery. With this solution, Boosey & Hawkes was able to eliminate the inflexibility, management and administration efforts and extra costs of the direct attached storage architecture that was previously in place. Paul Vernon, head of IT, noted, “We recognized that direct attached storage had distinct limitations. Constantly re-sizing and reallocating disk space and purchasing additional disk was becoming an ongoing challenge. We also knew that we needed to engage a more effective business continuity solution, to allow us to meet compliance and service agreements and allow 24x7 data exchange across the globe.” 

SANmelody virtualizes and centralizes the existing network storage and delivers capacity on demand through thin provisioning. It improves utilization of existing capacity, and causes a dramatic reduction of administrative efforts. With two SANmelody disk servers, the system provides synchronous mirroring and auto failover for path and data, resulting in high availability for Boosey & Hawkes’ business critical systems such as the Microsoft Virtual server applications. It has also allowed the company to share primary volumes evenly; thereby achieving effective load-balancing, backed by auto recovery should one SAN server fail. And when it comes to management, Vernon commented, “The ability to have flexible management to expand disk space has been a Godsend.” 

Benefits:

As an international music publisher representing some of the world's best-known composers, owning an unrivalled catalogue of music copyrights including the works of such distinguished 20th century composers as Stravinsky, Bartók, Copland, Britten, Prokofieff, Strauss and Rachmaninoff, Boosey & Hawkes can testify that storage management with SANmelody has become a painless process; with thin provisioning taking away the headache of storage allocation. The company now has a high availability solution that will allow automatic restoration within minutes as a result of SANmelody’s snapshot ability and have achieved the cornerstone of a larger fully-fledged global business continuity solution.

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:47 AM by David Marshall
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