Intelligent Data Centres Issue 01 | Page 44

END USER INSIGHT to external clients and the Mubadala Group itself. The company’s Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Operations, Nalluri Subba Rao, is an 11- year veteran of Mubadala. “We had multiple disk-based storage solutions,” he explained. “We managed seven storage arrays from multiple vendors, which ran to around nine and a half racks, with a high TCO.” He sees storage as the backbone of the company’s offerings. Management of this legacy architecture had become unwieldy for MDC BMS. Technical personnel had to schedule extended downtime periods for patching, fixing and upgrading. The high rack space was also becoming an issue and performance of the overall ICT infrastructure was sub-optimal. “Storage plays a vital role in any services you provide,” said Rao. “Servers and analytics rely on storage; the performance of apps, the replication of data into your disaster-recovery centre, your security – all rely on storage.” MDC BMS runs 16 apps on 1,500 virtual servers, all on the same storage architecture. Each is mission-critical and performance-intensive, so each requires reactive speed. Previously, the team faced several major challenges in delivering optimal performance to Mubadala and non-Mubadala clients. 44 Issue 01 MDC BMS deploys FlashArray//X to enhance performance, simplify maintenance and reduce rack space To overcome these constraints on business efficiency and futureproof the infrastructure – not only for MDC BMS but for the entire Mubadala Group and its clients – the team sought a solution Nalluri Subba Rao, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Operations that could deliver easier day-to-day management, reduced rack space and market-leading IOPS. MDC BMS selected Pure Storage FlashArray//X to cover production, non-