The Solution: Increase Storage Capacity and Performance
METRONOM has been using Hitachi Vantara solutions to store and manage critical operational data since 2013. The partnership began when METRONOM undertook a proof of concept with Hitachi midrange storage systems, starting with email archiving. “Around 70,000 employees rely on email to be able to work, so we wanted to ensure the new solution could handle the scale and complexity of our environment,” explains Müller.
The company also needs its emails to be archived in line with security and compliance regulations. “When we tested the Hitachi Vantara solution, we quickly realized it was the right fit for us. The support from the team was invaluable,” recalls Müller.
Since deploying the initial solution, METRONOM has gone on to expand and evolve its Hitachi Vantara footprint to support data growth and greater digitalization across its business. “We’ve successfully integrated additional storage solutions from Hitachi Vantara into our data center and are highly satisfied with their quality and performance,” comments Brand.
Today, METRO’s email infrastructure is underpinned by two Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G600 systems. These arrays are installed at two locations to maximize redundancy. A four-strong team from METRONOM attended workshops and training sessions to familiarize themselves with the functionality of the solution and best management practices.
METRONOM also turned to Hitachi Vantara to support its data center transformation. “Our ERP [enterprise resource planning] platform processes a high volume of data transactions, and requires much higher performance than other applications,” explains Müller.
To meet this level of demand, METRONOM migrated its goods management system to Hitachi VSP F700 technology, which guarantees 100% data availability. “With Hitachi VSP F700, we get better performance as well as more capacity,” says Müller. To avoid any disruption, Hitachi Vantara provides nondisruptive firmware upgrades for the Virtual Storage Platforms.
METRONOM selected Hitachi storage units with Hitachi patented flash modules (FMDs). The intelligent FMD technology was configured by Hitachi Vantara to actively work with Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) to improve performance and efficiency. The solutions can, for instance, prioritize application performance over background tasks, such as garbage collection, to minimize potential latency.
Built to support concurrent, large enterprise workloads and enable hyperscale efficiencies, FMDs also have an advanced embedded multicore flash controller at their core to increase the flash performance. Each FMD is also able to deliver data reduction without any performance degradation.