Aer Lingus lifts data storage performance with Tegile SSDs

Aer Lingus has deployed a new storage array system to revamp its internal infrastructure and provide the bandwidth necessary to better support end-user needs.

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Aer Lingus has deployed a new storage array system to revamp its internal infrastructure and provide the bandwidth necessary to better support end-user needs.

Aer Lingus faced the challenge of how to store huge amounts of data generated from all areas of its global business - from flight reservations to air control to internal communications - in an accessible and economical way.

Aer Lingus said it was "unable to scale at the speed necessary" to cope with projects such as SQL databases, data warehousing and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments with its existing EMC storage. After conducting evaluations with various storage companies such as Apache and HP, the airline chose to supplement its EMC system with Tegile's Zebi arrays.

“With the legacy EMC storage, as soon as we reached our storage limit we had to go back to the vendor to buy additional storage space,” said Brian Price, IT architect at Aer Lingus. “This was both costly and an inefficient use of our IT team’s time.

"With the implementation of Tegile arrays storage is no longer an issue at Aer Lingus. The deployment has given us more bang for our buck and allowed a lot more breathing space for our IT team. Tegile arrays offer storage that is rich with features to enhance data management.”

Since the deployment the IT team has seen benefits with its projects, such as VDI deployment, "being launched with ease". Aer Lingus has moved critical data, including its corporate file share, to the Zebi arrays further negating the need to expand its EMC solution.

And by taking advantage of Tegile’s de-duplication and compression features, Aer Lingus is able to update files in real time between each of its two data centres, ensuring business continuity.

Tegile’s Zebi HA2800 storage arrays leverage the performance of SSD and low cost-per-TB high capacity disk drives to "deliver five times the performance and up to 75 percent less capacity required than legacy arrays", the supplier claims.

Built-in back-up and data replication via unlimited snapshots, cloning and instantaneous restores keeps virtual machines and desktops protected.

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