Alfa Laval

Scalable storage solution improves Alfa Laval information management

Engineering company Alfa Laval needed to free up storage capacity and enhance performance in its virtualised server environment. The old backup solution was too slow and sluggish to manage. An extended solution from Proact gave Alfa Laval an environments to grow into which can also handle future system virtualisations.

“We needed to upgrade our existing storage solution to ensure that we had a more secure, more efficient storage environment. We worked together with Proact to assess the situation and identify the most appropriate strategy for our infrastructure work. This resulted in a solution which we can grow into for a long time to come,” says Marcus Nelson, the man responsible for IT infrastructure at Alfa Laval and also for implementation of the solution.

Alfa Laval is a global supplier of special products and technical process solutions in the fields of heat transfer, separation and flow management. The company has a presence in almost 100 countries and is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic.

The company employs a total of 12 000 staff, of whom 1 900 work in Sweden. Its turnover last year amounted to around SEK 28 billion. Alfa Laval wanted to connect its existing virtualised servers – which are based on VMware – to the storage environment so as streamline backup procedures.

The old backup solution was too slow and sluggish to manage. Restoring old or lost files was also far too time-consuming a task. The cost of storing documents was also unnecessarily steep. “We wanted to come up with smarter ways of utilising our infrastructure. Proact came up with some good suggestions for how we could allocate performance and disc space according to what best suited our various systems and file types,” says Marcus Nelson.

The solution supplied by Proact is based on an extension of Alfa Laval’s existing disk-based storage system from NetApp. Backups are created in no time at all time, and the restore time is extremely short. IT personnel are also finding it a lot easier to manage the environment.
In this new solution, Alfa Laval has selected something known as tiered storage, which ensures that storage performance is utilised wherever it is needed the most.

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