Centrelink upgrades storage

Commonwealth agency Centrelink has inked a three-year, multimillion-dollar contract for 116 terabytes of disk storage.

Centrelink is increasing its overall storage capacity and improving its disk performance for its Model 204 and DB2 database environments, data warehousing and general use, officials said.

StorageTek will install the first 51 terabytes of storage this month with 31 of its latest version of V2X Shared Virtual Array SVA virtual disk subsystems.

Centrelink is also extending its use of virtual storage management software from point-in-time backup copies to remote disk replication for business continuity protection.

Centrelink has been a user of StorageTek's SVA virtual disk subsystems for nearly a decade and Snapshot virtual duplication software since 1997. With StorageTek's solution Centrelink was able, with one part-time person, to manage four times as much disk storage as six full-timers had managed in 1996. Centrelink has capitalised on the management benefits inherent in virtual disk - no growth in staff resourcing has been necessary as disk storage holdings have grown from that time.

With the latest storage upgrade, Centrelink will still only require one person working part-time to manage its substantially upgraded storage volumes and additional functionality. StorageTek will supplement Centrelink's resources with services to migrate data from the old disk subsystems to the new ones -- expected to be completed within six months -- and dedicated technical support personnel for the life of the contract.

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