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Moonwalk achieves storage cost savings of 70% for Aurecon

Moonwalk achieves storage cost savings of 70% for Aurecon

Aurecon, a global engineering company, has calculated that it will achieve a 70% reduction in their storage total cost of ownership over 5 years, with an initial return on investment in 18 months across all storage tiers from the use of Moonwalk’s solution.

Aurecon generates a large amount of unstructured data ranging from Microsoft Office and project management documentation through to engineering design files and large 2D/3D modelling data sets. There is also a major compliance factor particularly in the area of contract, design and drawing where data needs to be kept in perpetuity to comply with contract and legislative requirements.

With two main data centres and a geographically distributed office network, the effective management of data becomes a very expensive challenge, particularly with respect to both production storage and backup media.

Addressing the Problem

“Having recently performed a storage refresh, we were able to define a cost per gigabyte on our production, archive, DR, and backup data sources,” said Greg Walker, Manager, Design and Infrastructure. “Then, by using Moonwalk initially to analyse the unstructured data, we were able to determine several things. Firstly, we were able to plot the exponential growth rate of data over the next five years with a high degree of confidence. Secondly we could see that more than 50% of our current data was more than two years old – and suitable for immediate archive using Moonwalk.

Greg continues, “Using these statistics allowed us to calculate that the cost of moving the data that was older than two years to the cheaper archive storage tier would only cost 30% of what it would be to leave that data on the production storage and cater for the ongoing backup of that data. This equates to a 70% reduction in storage costs. In fact this showed a Return on Investment in approximately 18 months across the storage tiers.”

“From an overall data management perspective, we have far greater visibility on the file server data now. It no longer feels like the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge.”

Moonwalk has a very light weight footprint. We were able to complete the design, the implementation, and transition as a live operational service within a few weeks.

About Moonwalk

Moonwalk is a subsidiary of Dialog Information Technology.  Moonwalk’s enterprise data management software delivers metadata-level precision for all information on network storage, servers and clients. It proactively migrates, copies and moves data according to user-defined rules and policies based on criteria such as age, size, file type, file name, file creator and many more granular classification rules. Moonwalk operates across and between all major file systems, including Windows, Linux, Novell, NetApp, CIFS and NFS. Its stateless architecture requires no additional overhead and is transparent to users and applications - with no introduced points of potential failure ensuring maximum performance and availability.

About Aurecon

Aurecon provides engineering, advisory and project management services for public and private sector clients globally. With a history dating back to 1932, Aurecon has an operations network extending across twenty six countries and has been involved in projects in over eighty countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Americas. Aurecon employs around 7,500 people over 11 industry groups.

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