European telematics provider boosts data capacity with Dell

Masternaut, which bills itself as Europe’s largest telematics provider, has upgraded its IT infrastructure with Dell storage systems to help reduce costs and aid expansion.

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Masternaut, which bills itself as Europe’s largest telematics provider, has upgraded its IT infrastructure with Dell storage systems to help reduce costs and aid expansion.

Masternaut tracks and monitors drivers, vehicles and mobile assets across Europe, processing, analysing and storing around 150 million data transactions every day.

The real-time information captured by these transactions covers everything from vehicle movements and whereabouts, alarm activations and driver performance.

Insights gleaned from this intelligence enables Masternaut’s customers to reduce the cost of running fleets by better managing fuel consumption, fleet coordination and responsible driving, leading to reduced fuel costs, improved efficiency and lower insurance premiums.

“In terms of online storage, the new Dell infrastructure has enabled Masternaut to ensure resilience and operational efficiency,” said Alex Rothwell, CTO for Masternaut.

“Since upgrading the software to Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3, we have seen an immediate reduction in latency, allowing us to extend the platform capacity by increasing the number of input/output operations per second, which more than doubles our storage performance,” he said.

The ability to carry out software upgrades quickly, and with no additional costs or interruption to its services, means that Masternaut has been able to double the amount of vehicles that it is able to manage on each storage platform, without needing to make an additional financial investment.

Moving forward, Dell’s flexible scale out design means that if the company requires more storage capacity it simply has to add more spindles.

Masternaut carried out a major hardware upgrade and as part of that process initially invested in a single Dell Compellent SC40 array which runs 200 disks and supports 50 terabytes of data.

Masternaut then extended this infrastructure with three additional Dell Compellent SC8000 Controllers, each with 200 drives.

Two of the arrays are located in France and the other two in the UK. Collectively, the four arrays can support 350 terabytes of data.

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