Norways largest data center has standardized on storage technology from McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) to support a major SAN consolidation project and its massive ongoing data growth.
Oslo-based EDB Business Partner ASA develops and operates IT solutions for banking, finance, and telecom customers throughout the Nordic region. Not surprisingly, the firms data needs are going through the roof, with storage growth expected to reach 100 percent this year alone.
The companys primary data center in the Oslo area bears the brunt of this data explosion, storing over 200 terabytes of online data and a further two petabytes on other storage media, primarily tape.
In addition to all this, EDB also offers customized software products in its role as an Application Service Provider. Of course, its clients expect 24x7 service.
The challenge for EDB was finding a technology infrastructure capable of handling all this. Previously, EDB relied on five separate SANs, although the company realized some time ago that it needed to consolidate them into a single SAN. This had to be capable of accommodating a broad range of customers of varying sizes, availability priorities, and data security needs.