NetApp: Is your data a boon or bane to business?
By Khoo Boo Leong 07-Aug-2012
The company achieved this through its White Cloud desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering that had already served thousands of users before the disaster. During the crisis, Softbank Telecom extended the White Cloud DaaS to 14,000 Softbank Group employees and now, it delivers more than 22,000 virtual desktops within the Softbank Group alone.
"In addition to aiding business continuity, the underlying scalable NetApp storage infrastructure helped extend the reach of our White Cloud DaaS service and significantly decreased energy usage across locations," said Midori Morooka, manager of the Information System Division, Communication Service Management Department and Masaki Gonda, systems engineer of the Cloud Services Division, Cloud Services Department at Softbank Telecom Corp. "Combined with other measures and efforts by employees and affiliated companies, that reduced electrical power usage at Softbank Group headquarters by 39%."
"To keep their businesses running, they managed to deploy 1,000 desktops in a day, [something] they used to do in a week - through NetApp's agile data infrastructure. So, in a couple of weeks, they deployed 14,000 desktops," said Loh Ching Soo, country manager of NetApp Singapore. "They were also able to provision their internal cloud services within days to their customers and 37 million subscribers."
Boon or bane
"By 2015, there will be an inflection point and the explosive data growth across [different applications, systems and siloes] will become unmanageable. The data becomes either a burden to the business managing or protecting it, or a propellant to the business."
- Loh Ching Soo,
For the latter to be realized, enterprises and cloud service providers need an agile, flexible and scalable data infrastructure that they can monetize from. Such an infrastructure should also accommodate any existing heterogeneous environment.
"We combine solid-state disk (SSD) into this as well because the characteristics of some data require the SSD kind of performance," said Alvin Goh, senior manager of system engineering and professional services for ASEAN at NetApp. "Through virtual storage tiering that is seamless to the customer, we can provide both performance or quality and the cost advantage or efficiency."