Seric case study Loch Lomond National Park IBM V7000
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IBM Storwize V7000
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs
National Park Authority (LLTNPA) went
to tender for an infrastructure
platform to decrease running costs
and increase performance of their
virtual servers, especially Exchange
and main Data server.
The platform was to replace an IBM
DS system, ease of migration was
crucial to LLTNPA.
Central to our winning solution was a
ﬁbre connected IBM Storwize V7000
storage appliance, which provided
enterprise functionality and
performance. The Storwize V7000
has full redundancy built in and was
complemented with a dual switch
network for end to end redundancy
and high availability.
The platform was sized and
implemented by Seric engineers to
ensure optimum performance for the
price point. This was achieved by
using IBM Easy Tier which
automatically and non-disruptively
moves frequently accessed data from
hard disks drives (HDD) to high
performance solid state disks (SSD),
thereby placing such data in a faster
tier of storage.
Easy Tier eliminates manual
intervention when assigning highly
active data on volumes to faster
responding storage. In this
dynamically tiered environment, data
movement is seamless to the host
application regardless of the storage
tier in which the data resides.
The Storwize V7000 has a very easy
and intuitive web management
interface and the Seric turnkey
solution included training on both the
V7000 and SAN24B switches.
Training ensured LLTNPA staff were
able to provision LUN’s, add hosts
and create zones for individual
requirements and to enable staff to
easily maintain the system for the
The virtualisation functionality of the
IBM Storwize V7000 made the
migration very simple.
Systems availability was drastically
increased, allowing systems to stay
online during patching and updating.
Increased resilience means that up to
50% of the new infrastructure could
now fail without affecting operations.
Management costs decreased due to
the single point of management and
ease of use.
This robust, consolidated and easy to
maintain system now runs all key
servers and virtual environment,
across high performance disks, with
Easy Tier activated on the
Providing a high performance solution
to meet the needs of our client for
increased performance across their
At all times the Seric team
professional help and
more importantly provided
relevant and honest advice
when scoping out our
They have ensured that
we have a system capable
of meeting our demands
now and in the future”
Stevie Thomson, IT Manager, Loch Lomond
& Trossachs National Park Authority.
Loch Lomond & Trossachs
National Park Authority
Storage and Integrated Systems with Seric