Telecom Chooses EMC For Data Storage Expansion
In a substantial investment to expand data centre capacity, telecommunications and IT service provider Telecom NZ has selected a storage array solution from EMC.
The new Symmetrix VMAX data storage subsystems, used across Telecom’s business units including Gen-i, deliver capacity of up to 2.5 petabytes (roughly 2.5 million gigabytes) on a platform capable of unrivalled expansion to cater for future capacity requirements.
According to EMC country manager Phill Patton telecommunications and cloud IT service providers have some of the highest demands for storage capacity and system reliability.
“Information storage and data management fundamentally underpin the operations of these organisations. The choice of an EMC solution is confirmation of the critical role played by storage in the provision of services,” he says.
James Allison, GM for Shared Technology Operations at Telecom says, “Telecom's requirements for storage continue to grow significantly from both organic volume increases and the continually developing information needs of the business. This growth, occurring in both structured and unstructured data, is predicted to accelerate.
“The criticality of timely and reliable information imposes greater demands on the availability and performance of our very large data storage environment, to enable business processes and decision making
“Furthermore, as a provider of cloud computing solutions, Gen-i relies on robust storage resources as an integral component to support its ReadyCloud suite of cloud services. Scalability, ease of migration from legacy infrastructure to new platforms, rigorous cost management and reliability is of paramount importance to us and EMC’s offering has provided that in spades,” Allison says.
Symmetrix VMAX (Virtual Matrix) is EMC’s high-end storage array. Each array can contain up to 2,400 hard disk drives, provide a variety of connection types such as FICON, fibre channel, iSCSI and gigabit Ethernet, and deliver unrivalled expandability by federating additional VMAX units.
EMC solutions also incorporate RSA encryption technology for data security and provide automated tiering which allocates where data is stored based on its usefulness to the business.
In practice, the technology means Telecom is better able to manage customer data across its offerings.
For example, Gen-i customers get the benefits of EMC technology without the capital cost. “That means enterprise-class reliability, availability and performance. Because EMC incorporates encryption technology from RSA, it also means enterprise class security,” Patton notes.
Just as important as technology leadership is the dependability of the solution provider, explains Patton.
“Availability, performance and scalability remain key components of value for any enterprise technology user. While EMC solutions are designed with these goals in mind, achieving them relies on more than the technology itself.”
EMC New Zealand has taken care to complement its solutions with around-the-clock support and service, Patton says.
“Data never sleeps. Clients such as Telecom quite rightly expect responsiveness and responsibility from the suppliers of their core business systems.”
EMC’s core strategies include the development of superior products for cloud service providers Patton says.
“The fact Telecom has chosen EMC in a clearly competitive market demonstrates that storage solutions are far from a commodity product. When reliability and performance count, EMC is the first choice.”
SOURCE: EMC Corporation