Northland Regional Council upgrades storage system

Council reduces time required for database tasks by 50 per cent

Northland Regional Council (NRC) has experienced a 40 per cent increase in application performance since the introduction of a converged storage infrastructure.

According to NRC, its existing storage infrastructure was unable to support data growth or upgrades to Web applications used by constituents. Legacy infrastructure was also hindering productivity of the council’s 176 staff.

NRC was previously using HP servers and EVA storage. It implemented HP’s converged infrastructure offerings which included 3PAR StoreServ storage and ProLiant DL380p Generation 8 servers.

Time taken to perform database tasks was reduced by 50 per cent while there was a 63 per cent improvement in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) login times.

NRC senior systems engineer Daniel Blake said that it has been able to increase staff productivity by spending less time on data centre administration and more time enhancing public services.

For example, the council upgraded land development consent and monitoring applications which reduced website latency for visitors.

Blake said that the StoreServ storage system was implemented at its disaster recovery site.

“This allows us to restore data in less than 30 minutes. This is twice as fast as the previous storage system and eliminates workflow disruptions,” he said in a statement.

NRC also rolled out the vendor’s 3PAR thin provisioning software to improve storage efficiency. According to Blake, the council saved approximately 50 per cent in storage capacity which will minimise future hardware investments.

In addition, NRC is using HP’s adaptive optimisation software to administer data across three storage tiers.

“By distributing data to the right storage tier at the right time, the software reduces data centre administration while maximising system performance and utilisation capacity, which further reduces the need for storage investments,” Blake said.

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