Australian cyber security consultancy, Seccom Global, has supercharged its internal network following the introduction of ioFABRIC to its infrastructure.
Updating storage infrastructure has been an ongoing focus for Seccom Global. However, due to the company’s recent growth, Seccom needed to reassess its infrastructure, which provided an opportunity to explore new technologies.
As one of Australia’s leading Managed Security Servicer Providers (MSSPs), speed and reliability are a must for Seccom Global. The company is continually evaluating new technologies and as part of this process reviewed an emerging storage technology, ioFABRIC. Seccom Global managing director, Michael Demery, said the decision to on-board emerging technologies is never taken lightly, but innovation is not about following the pack.
“Our business is in a period of explosive growth, so we had to approach the challenge of storage in a more creative way, and part of that was exploring new and emerging technologies.”
“The path with ioFABRIC was easy to tread. Not only were we able to improve performance by a staggering amount, we are now able to continually analyse our infrastructure to add further improvements.”
The success of the partnership has led to further reseller agreements between Seccom Global and ioFABRIC which will see the company roll the technology into its other offerings.
“As big data, analytics and artificial intelligence become increasingly valuable, our customers are looking more to insights and analytics as the real value-add from technology purchases,” Demery said.
“With the introduction of ioFABRIC to the Seccom Global cyber security ecosystem, we are uniquely placed to address the challenges that plague technology professionals every day.”
Prior to the partnership with ioFABRIC, Seccom Global was spending big on traditional storage products that didn't suit their heavily virtualised environments. As a result, Demery and his team realised they needed to make the inevitable transition to data virtualisation to drive an even stronger competitive advantage for their customers.
IoFABRIC proved to be an ideal selection as it allows any storage to be connected to Seccom Global’s existing infrastructure creating a single storage pool that is hardware agnostic. Storage vendors can no longer lock the company into their storage hardware platform. “IoFABRIC enabled us to do to our storage what VMware did to our servers,” Demery added. “ioFABRIC virtualizes storage—just as VMware virtualizes servers. The technology is a game changer.”
Through the introduction of ioFABRIC, Seccom Global can utilise previously unused storage in less demanding roles such as holding old and inactive data. ioFABRIC’s ability to self-heal data on failed storage devices to other available storage enables the company to use storage until it truly fails or becomes uneconomical.
“We may never purchase another SAN, NAS or dedicated storage array thanks to ioFABRIC.”
Additionally, all storage is now managed from a single dashboard, regardless of storage vendor, make or model – that is invaluable as network admins can instantly see any issues with storage at a glance, even from an iPhone.
“ioFABRIC is the most powerful solution we have seen,” said Demery. “Hot data moves to RAM, warm data to SSD/Flash and inactive data automatically is moved to spinning disks or the cloud - all without any user intervention.”
Performance is achieved simply by setting the IOPS or latency required by an application, and everything else is fully automated. Data moves to where it needs to be in order to deliver the performance, capacity and protection objectives required by the application workload.
Ease of use
Seccom simply adds disks to its storage infrastructure for capacity, RAM, Intel Optane, NVMe and SSD/flash for performance. Without user intervention, ioFABRIC moves hot data to RAM, warm data to SSD/flash and inactive data flows to the lowest cost disks.
Seccom has between two to four Live Instances of ALL data, in multiple locations, so they have turned off RAID across their entire infrastructure and freed up substantial raw disk capacity. IoFABRIC self-heals data on a failed storage device, so Seccom can use all disks until they fail without concerns about data loss.
As an increasing number of organisations begin to explore cloud technologies, Seccom Global is investigating multiple public cloud platforms as potential destinations for inactive data and other use cases.
The benefit of ioFABRIC is that it sees these clouds as just another storage resource. ioFABRIC makes it simple to access cloud scalability and reduce spinning disk footprints, rack space and electricity required for data which will rarely be accessed again.
About Seccom Global
Seccom Global is a Sydney-based cyber security consultancy with offices in Melbourne and clients from more than 20 countries. The company offers cyber security consultancy and advisory services, digital transformation and managed services.
The company began out of a garage in Baulkham Hills in 2003 and has since expanded to serve 180 customers in 20 countries.
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