We chose the IBM solution because it is fast, reliable, cost-effective and very flexible.

— Juha Kukka, Manager-Service Design, Enfo Group

Business Challenge story

As an IT service provider, effective and reliable storage systems are fundamental to Enfo’s business. Juha Kukka, Manager, Service Design at Enfo, takes up the story: “If our storage systems are down, our business is down—they are one of the most crucial parts of our services. After considering a number of storage solutions, Enfo opted for IBM® XIV®—a disk storage system built with IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ that unifies management across data centres and hybrid clouds.

Transformation

After considering a number of storage solutions, Enfo opted for IBM® XIV®—a disk storage system built with IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ that unifies management across data centers and hybrid clouds. “We chose the IBM solution because it is fast, reliable, cost-effective and very flexible,” comments Juha Kukka. “We can use IBM XIV with Linux, Windows and many more platforms, and we host our customers’ mission-critical mixed workloads on IBM XIV.”

Benefits

Since implementing IBM XIV, Enfo has enjoyed 100 percent uptime. “We are able to perform consistently with unpredictable workloads, and now run over 100,000 IOPs,” notes Juha Kukka. “In the last few years we’ve gone from hosting a few hundred to almost 5,000 servers, with double-digit year-on-year growth on our managed services platform. “At the same time, we haven’t had to hire new people to manage XIV. We have a half FTE managing more than two petabytes of storage, making it cost- and time-effective.”

Solution Category

  • Systems Hardware
  • Solution Components

    • IBM Spectrum Accelerate
    •  Storage: XIV