London, UK. – 30 July, 2014 –Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for virtualised server and virtual desktop environments, today announced it has been chosen by the world’s largest producer of crude oil to provide a new storage solution.
Saudi Petroleum Overseas Limited (SPOL), the London office of the national oil company, has implemented Tegile’s HA2100 arrays to consolidate its storage solution, and ensure the safety of its email and intranet data.
Faced with an increasingly complex storage situation which included antiquated technology, contracts coming to end-of-life, unresponsive and inefficient functionality, and complex systems, SPOL needed a storage solution that would combat these challenges while future proofing business critical data. The two primary areas of immediate focus were the email environment and the Energy Infonet knowledge portal that hosts numerous industry reports and data sets which provide business intelligence to the executive teams. The company was also under pressure to migrate its email and intranet data in a timely manner, before contracts ran out and servers were shut down by incumbent providers.
SPOL were exploring its options with a range of other suppliers, however, according to Paul Savvides at SPOL, the team came away from the initial meeting thinking that Tegile was the best technical solution.
“Tegile met all our requirements and at our first meeting the team instilled the confidence in us that they could get the job done efficiently, meeting our expectations within a short period of time. Hosting our intranet data was a high priority as our executives rely on this business intelligence – we needed a fast and reliable storage solution, which we knew Tegile could provide. It hasn’t’ disappointed either, the size and specifications we were advised on fit our needs perfectly,” says Savvides.
SPOL implemented two Tegile HA2100 dual controller storage arrays with 48GB of memory and 600GB of SSD each. Each device was tested extensively prior to implementation and SPOL ‘burned them in’ for a full month to ensure a smooth transition. However, it took the company only 72 hours to transfer and secure all email and intranet data sets – resulting in minimal downtime for staff and enabling SPOL to meet its deadline.
“The storage arrays are coping with everything we throw at them and we are seeing significant return on investment already – everything from cost efficiencies to increased functionality. A primary example is a historical query that continually timed out with our previous storage solution. The Tegile boxes completed the query in 12 seconds which is fantastic. As a result of this we are working to push the boxes to the limit to see exactly what they are capable of – our email and intranet data sets will never get smaller so it is very reassuring to know that the arrays have so much more potential than what we are currently using them for.”
SPOL has experienced significant storage functionality across the board with key benefits including –
Faster and more responsive virtual machines: the Tegile storage arrays complete back-ups significantly faster than previous equipment and the technicians have noticed a huge difference in query response times
Improved user interface: the user interface is simple and concise, enabling users to quickly learn how to operate the system and get the most from the storage arrays
Increased functionality: The deduplication and compression functionality, unique to Tegile, ensures smarter use of storage and means that SPOL does not need to purchase as many storage arrays, resulting in cost as well as equipment efficiencies
Flexible connectivity options: Tegile supports more connectivity environments than its competitors, such as iSCSI, FC and NAS, which provides SPOL with different options and ensures it is not locked into one fixed system
Cost savings: these come in the form of hardware and resource savings now that the storage system is faster, more responsive and able to hold more data than its predecessor.
“We anticipate that 2014 will be the year that customers start to break away from incumbent vendors and take a really good look at new storage solutions from start-ups, which is what we are seeing here,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile Systems.
“With a number of contracts coming to end of life, SPOL had the opportunity to completely change its storage solution, taking into consideration current challenges as well as future business requirements. Traditionally an increase in performance is achieved by scaling the number of disks or spindles used. However, by leveraging our deduplication and compression functionality, SPOL is using its storage in a smarter way – resulting in cost efficiencies and giving the ability to build on capacity while simultaneously condensing its hardware.”
About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash technology accelerates performance and enables inline de-duplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features.
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