Two petabyte storage consolidation and virtualization up and running
Byte and Switch covered Ford’s revamp of their corporate data storage strategy, including 2 petabytes of virtualized storage. They used IBM’s SAN Volume Controller and DS4000 & DS8000 systems.
Ford’s Vijay Santoran says that they’ve tested EMC gear as well, and are not relying on a single solution.
Consolidation is paying off already, but it’s not a silver bullet
From the sounds of it, Ford has been able to deliver on the promises of virtualized storage, including fewer chasses, less power, delayed storage growth. Despite this, I believe Ford will ultimately be able to support more, not less data with this enabling architecture.
I’m a firm believer that storage as a business enabler trumps storage as a cost savings tool every time.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.