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Southern Grampians Shire Council

Getting Started on a Centralised Infrastructure

hds-logoThe Shire of Southern Grampians was faced with the problem of having no room for growth on its existing decentralised server infrastructure and realised a significant change needed to occur before the growth spiralled out of control.

Barras went in search of a new approach to their data management requirements. In May 2007, Barras started work on a project to centralise The Shire of Southern Grampians' storage infrastructure. He was keen to overhaul the way the council accessed, shared and used its databases in order to better support employees and residents.

Barras first involved a specialist storage partner to assist the council with the selection process. Sykes Data Storage (SDS), a Hitachi TrueNorth Channel Partner, was involved based on their expertise and spe- cialisation within the storage backup and recovery arena, as well as their thorough knowledge of the local government IT department requirements. SDS focuses on functionality versus cost and a high level of support and delivery services. This provided The Shire of Southern Grampians peace of mind in knowing they were being delivered a long term solution.

After assessing different hardware solutions, Hitachi was selected for its best-in-class technology platform and strong reputa- tion for partnerships in the storage industry with a VMware server virtualisation layer. SDS recommended this solution based on an enterprise grade, scalable, high performance solution with a clear upgrade path to account for future growth.


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