Wolverhampton council invests in storage efficiency

Wolverhampton City Council has signed an £800,000 deal to implement a centralised storage infrastructure and data protection solution.

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Wolverhampton City Council has signed an £800,000 deal to implement a centralised storage infrastructure and data protection system .

The council is attempting to deal with what it called “an ever increasing amount of digital data”, and wants to make its access to data more efficient. It said the new systems would better serve local residents and reduce costs.

The contract is with storage integration firm B2net, and will see the council install NetApp’s FAS3040 and 3020 storage appliances, as well as Overland NEO tape libraries and BakBone NetVault data protection software. The council is also consolidating its 150 Windows-based blade and rack mount servers through virtualisation.

Matt Jeavons, infrastructure architect at the council, said: “As with all public sector organisations, electronic customer services has been a developing area ... and has placed significant pressure on existing storage systems.”

“Add to that the fact that our existing setup was complex and expensive and the time was right to seek out a new solution.”

It was important that the system was adaptable and flexible to the changing demands of residents, the council said. The cost savings are also crucial, because the council like all its counterparts across the country is attempting to meet targets set by the Gershon review.

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