Mid-size law firm TWM Solicitors says it has used new data storage systems to help save £15,000 a year across its virtualised infrastructure.
TWM Solicitors has deployed EMC VNX unified storage with the EMC Total Protection Pack to consolidate and transform its storage infrastructure, and effectively manage its mission-critical applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, IRIS practice management systems and its CRM platform.
TWM Solicitors is also using VMware vSphere for its 95 percent VMware virtualised infrastructure.
With the new systems the firm says it has has increased storage utilisation by 200 percent and improved the speed and responsiveness of its operations and customer service as a result.
It has also reduced power and cooling demands while lowering Capex and Opex costs, achieving total savings of £15,000 per year.
In addition, said TWM, it has lowered its recovery time "by 99 percent". It can now recover critical applications, such as Exchange, in "just a few minutes" with EMC RecoverPoint, instead of up to 48 hours with its previous system.
TWM Solicitors said its legacy Dell storage environment was "no longer providing adequate capacity and system performance", and that the firm’s IT department experienced difficulties meeting the growing needs of its internal users.
Tight integration between VNX and VMware, said the firm, has simplified system management, reducing administration time and costs.
Alan Barrett, head of IT at TWM Solicitors, said: "EMC’s technology has had a dramatic impact on business performance. We were able to transform our IT infrastructure and move to a more innovative and agile environment."
Before deploying VNX, said Barrett, every time TWM wanted to run a new application it had to purchase and install another server, which "could take 2-3 weeks".
"We've been able to retire 35 Dell servers since implementing VNX, capturing £15,000 per year in power and cooling cost savings. We expect our VNX investment will pay for itself in less than three years," said Barrett.