With backup storage in need of expansion and operating costs on the rise, Sensirion executives were on the lookout for a new storage solution.
Previously, Sensirion had worked under a traditional data center design. The applications serving their workforce of just below 750 ran in two data centers, and around 350 VMs were deployed using Pure Storage as tier one storage, with a full flash solution for applications with high performance requirements.
With backup storage needing expansion, rising technological demands, and a growing licensing costs, the executives at Sensirion began to evaluate new solutions. Andreas Kuehne, Global IT Infrastructure Services Lead at Sensirion AG, puts it this way: “We took the optimizations and renewals we had in mind as a good opportunity for us to question our concept and find a replacement for our existing solution. We looked for a way to underpin the Snapshot for Pure Storage functionality. Furthermore, a new solution was to enable archiving in the cloud.”
Sensirion needed to address the following challenges in a new storage architecture:
- Backup storage – Support nearing its end set the scene for a new storage solution.
- Pure Storage – Flash memory was at its limit and needed expansion.
- Cloud backup – Very costly due to missing or at best limited data deduplication and compression
Sensirion executives entered into a multiple stage selection process based on a number of key criteria. The key requirement was to allow both Pure Snapshots and SMB Targets. Furthermore, archiving into the cloud was to be an option, allowing the company to shrink its tape infrastructure to a minimum or reduce its role to that of a static archive.