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Challenge To find a storage solution that can address company growth and performance for business- critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems Solution IntelliFlash arrays Results • Faster and more responsive virtual machines • No more query time-outs • Easier to use management interface • Decreased backup windows Saudi Petroleum Chooses IntelliFlash ™ Solution CASE STUDY London-based Saudi Petroleum (SPOL) is the European marketing office of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing marketing services to Saudi Aramco in Europe, Africa, and South America. SPOL needed to consolidate its storage solution and protect its email and intranet data. The company turned to Western Digital to provide a reliable and cost-effective option for its email server and data storage needs. So impressed with the capabilities the company is now looking to migrate additional environments to IntelliFlash arrays, capitalizing on its high performance and unique combination of inline compression and deduplication. Consolidating Antiquated Technology Faced with old technology and contracts coming to end-of-life, SPOL needed to consolidate storage solutions and operate at a more efficient level. The two areas of focus were the email environment and the Energy Infonet knowledge portal that hosts numerous industry reports and data sets, and provides business intelligence to the executive teams. The oil giant was also under time pressure to migrate the data before support contracts ran out and servers were shut down. The company had existing legacy storage and went through a rigorous process to determine which vendor would be able to offer the most reliable, secure, cost and resource effective solution. Following an industry event SPOL was introduced to Western Digital and explored the option of using IntelliFlash arrays to host the email servers and data. Western Digital was up against the other next-gen vendors but according to Paul Savvides, Systems Administration Manager at SPOL, the team came away from the initial meeting thinking that IntelliFlash was the best technical solution. "Tegile [now Western Digital] met all our requirements and at our first meeting the team instilled a lot of confidence in us that they could get the job done efficiently and to very high standards," stated Savvides. "Hosting our Intranet data was a high priority and we needed something fast and reliable – which we knew we could get from Tegile [now Western Digital]. They haven't disappointed either, the size and specifications we were advised on, fits our needs perfectly." Making the Right Choice SPOL implemented two IntelliFlash arrays to host the company's Intranet and email data. During a three day period the solution was deployed and the company transferred and secured all required data sets. Prior to the implementation SPOL tested the IntelliFlash arrays extensively, 'burning them in' for a full month to provide the best chance for a smooth transition. The company is currently underutilizing the storage arrays but it won't be long before it begins to further challenge the devices with additional data sets and more complicated queries. Saudi Petroleum Chooses IntelliFlash Solution

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