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Hitachi Data Systems-Folksam

After considering numerous storage suppliers, Folksam selected Hitachi platforms to build their new storage architecture because they met the insurance provider’s 160 requirements and the total cost was low compared to solutions from other vendors.

Vendor: Hitachi Data Systems (NYSE: HIT)
Customer: Folksam www.folksam.se/english 
Vertical Markets: Insurance
State: International – Sweden

Technology Used: Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V, Hitachi Universal Storage Platform, Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2500, Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager, Hitachi Storage Services Manager, Hitachi Device Manager, Hitachi Tuning Manager, Hitachi TrueCopy Synchronous, Hitachi Universal Volume Manager

Solution: One of Sweden’s largest insurance companies, Folksam insures every other person, every other home, and ever fourth car in the country. Owed solely by its members, Folksam is an insurance company that strives to reduce the risks associated with everyday living and protect customers and their assets. Because Folksam manages more than 18 million policies electronically, it is essential for the insurance company to have reliable around-the-clock access to customer data.

As the volume of information created and stored by Folksam continued to steadily increase, the company realized its aging storage environment was no longer adequate to meet its needs. The company decided that the best option would be to replace the entire storage infrastructure and build a new solution from the ground up. Folksam needed to complete this overhaul without sacrificing the high level of service provided to customers or compromising their business goals.

After considering numerous storage suppliers, Folksam selected Hitachi platforms to build their new storage architecture because they met the insurance provider’s 160 requirements and the total cost was low compared to solutions from other vendors. The company constructed its new storage network using a combination of Hitachi enterprise storage and Hitachi modular storage installed at each data center. Hitachi Universal Volume Manager software and Hitachi Storage Command Suite software were also important components of the solution.

With the Hitachi-based storage solution, Folksam has been able to double their data volume without increasing the number of administrators. The new system allows for proactive capacity and performance monitoring, as well as improved reporting and forecasting of storage resources. Other advantageous features of the system include rapid data recovery and non-disruptive remote replication between the insurance company’s two production sites. The new storage solution was implemented without disrupting Folksam’s business operations, which helped the company maintain its impressively high level of customer satisfaction.

Further details: http://www.hds.com/assets/pdf/success-story-folksam.pdf




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