SwiftStack Data Storage

Has this solution enabled you to store more data with the same or less headcount? If yes, how much more data are you storing?

Jim Merritt
Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
It has enabled us to store more data with a smaller headcount. We had 50 tapes and managing tapes can be interesting at best. You have to know where they are, you have to keep them in an environment where they don't degrade rapidly. You have to have a person who's dedicated to really managing where the tapes are and what's on the tapes, how they get written, how they get copied, and how they get recovered if you have to recover data, which is huge. That whole process - and we're a fairly small environment - was half to three-quarters of an FTE engineer. That is a person we can now use somewhere else because the data just goes into SwiftStack and it automatically goes to our offsite facility. We don't have any spinning tapes. We don't have to worry about buying tapes. We don't have to worry about tape attrition. All the management around that really went away. The data protection software actually does the management. It's all automated. It has saved us a lot of time. Another area where it has helped is that we're not expanding our primary storage like we would have had to, since we're leveraging the lower-cost SwiftStack storage system. Enterprise storage requires another, say, half of an engineer at some level, to manage it, keep the storage correct, move things around. I manage our enterprise storage and it can take a considerable amount of time out of my day. I log into the SwiftStack just to look at how much I'm using and see if I have reached capacity yet. I might look and say, "Oh, look, I have a couple of drives that failed. I'll get to those in a couple weeks." Whereas, with my enterprise storage it's, "Oh no, I have a drive failed. I have to fix it today." It reduces the amount of overhead.
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Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
We have seen a tremendous increase in the amount of data that is being produced, but at the same point in time, we haven't needed to increase our head count to manage this backup storage. We have seen eight times more data without having to increase the head count to manage the solution.
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Chris Gatch
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It helps you store more data with less head count. Today, we are storing about eight petabytes of raw capacity.
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