Direct Line Auto Insurance Achieves Cost-efficient Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery with DataCore SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor
DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, announced that a premier German insurance company Direct Line Versicherung AG has implemented its business continuity and disaster recovery architecture on a storage infrastructure built on the DataCore storage hypervisor SANsymphony™-V foundation. The high-speed and highly–available synchronous mirroring functionality of the DataCore solution enables Direct Line to set up a backup and disaster recovery data center located 40 kilometers away in order to minimize downtime and to ensure speedy recovery in case of a failure at the primary data center. The combination of a storage hypervisor with server hypervisors provides a flexible, high-performance and fail safe IT infrastructure that virtualizes storage hardware with SANsymphony-V and server hardware with VMware vSphere.
"DataCore SANsymphony-V provides Direct Line a cost-effective and efficient business continuity solution supporting high-availability and disaster recovery across multiple sites, without neglecting performance or data protection aspects. The DataCore solution is a strategic component in our daily business,” says Heiko Teichmann, managing director at IT service provider Teserco and project manager on behalf of Direct Line Versicherung.
According to a recent German consumer report “Stiftung Warentest”, the automobile insurance company Direct Line offers an excellent price-performance return to its customers. While many factors are involved, this can also be attributed to having a cost advantage in its IT infrastructure. In addition to meeting the disaster recovery requirements and flexibility of the central IT services, the storage hypervisor SANsymphony-V provides greater potential for additional cost savings. Thanks to its hardware independence and the efficient caching algorithms of the DataCore solution, Direct Line can not only use its installed and cost-effective HP P2000 disk subsystems but with DataCore also remove the functional or performance limitations that would have prevented them from future use. Today, around 75 terabytes of data are now managed in the main data center, located in Teltow, and at the remote data center in Berlin, which meets the requirements set by the highest data protection category (Tier 4). The synchronized, mirrored data is transported over a 6 Gb dark fiber connection between the two sites.
In addition to adding a new level of data protection and reliability, Direct Line benefits from an increased efficiency in productivity and flexibility during the year-end, peak business season, which adds an increased spike in business volume and much higher IT-workloads. The ability to work as an active-active operation across both data centers is made possible by SANsymphony-V’s ability to stretch the shared storage across the two sites. This allows the insurance company to move virtual machines and storage resources across different locations on-the-fly and with little effort.
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