World Nomads Group upgrades storage with virtual computing platform

Online travel insurance company introduces virtual computing platform

World Nomads Group head of technology Nick Payne.

World Nomads Group head of technology Nick Payne.

Sydney-based online travel insurance company, World Nomads Group, has improved scalability and reduced storage issues since investing in a virtual computing platform during June 2013.

The solution combines compute and storage in one appliance.

Head of technology Nick Payne told Computerworld Australia that it was running out of storage space. An existing Dell storage area network (SAN) was no longer meeting all of the company’s needs. However, website infrastructure is still running on the old SAN.

After considering a range of storage vendors, Payne “stumbled across” Nutanix. He was attracted to the vendor because of its virtual computing platform.

“I went to the CFO and said that if we spent roughly $60,000 now, we got one bit of kit and could solve the compute and storage issues,” he said.

The appliance is being used to support World Nomads Group operational and claims work.

“The long-term advantage I’m looking for is scaling. The next time we’re in a position where we need more storage, we can buy more of the same hardware and away we go.”

According to Payne, there are long-term plans to shift the e-commerce sites off the SAN onto the Nutanix platform.

“One of the challenges we face is that we hold a lot of personal data about customers which can include medical information. This means we’re not comfortable about putting that data out into the cloud,” he said.

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