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The diversified communications firm is using-disk based storage from HP to both ensure that backups are readily available when needed.

With offices in over 100 countries and more than 40,000 employees, Interpublic Group is a premier provider of advertising and marketing services, with capabilities in fields ranging from public relations and consumer advertising to mobile and search engine marketing. The Australian operation of Interpublic Group encompasses multiple divisions which providing a wide range of marketing and advertising services, operating from offices in six cities, and its various businesses are grouped into eight operating units.

The Challenge

Like many media-related businesses, Interpublic Group’s increasing reliance on digital technology to service its customers has led to a greater requirement for reliable and fast backup and recovery solutions. But the distributed nature of the business means that not all of Interpublic Group’s offices are permanently staffed with IT support personnel.

For a long time Interpublic Group had relied on tape-based technology to provide its backup and recovery needs. But the company’s distributed nature meant this was proving both expensive to manage and difficult to maintain, particularly regarding the provisioning of tapes to each site.

“Traditionally tape is slow to restore from, and quite expensive, as you are constantly having to purchase new tapes,” says Dean Hislop, Infrastructure Manager at Interpublic Group Australia.  There were also concerns as to how reliable the process would be should data recovery become necessary.

So in 2011 the company conducted a review of its backup needs, and measured the cost effectiveness of various media options. 

With the Interpublic Group becoming increasingly dependent on reliable IT systems to meet the deadline-driven needs of clients, the need to recover quickly from any potential data loss was growing in importance. Hence the need for a reliable and rapid recovery solution began to override perceived cost issues.

At the suggestion of Interpublic Group’s long-term technology supplier Triforce Australia,  Hislop and his team investigated HP StoreOnce Backup Systems, which provide flexible disk-to-disk (D2D) backup with HP StoreOnce de-duplication.

Hislop says Interpublic Group has enjoyed a long term working relationship with HP and Triforce Australia (Triforce), an HP partner company, which played an important part in scoping the work, project management and implementation as well as providing after sales support. It has also been a buyer of HP servers for more than five years. 

The Solution

Because of the distributed nature of the organisation it was decided to install D2D4000 series and D2D2500 series devices into each of Interpublic Group’s 13 remote offices, in conjunction with HP partner, Triforce.

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Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) provide 24 x 7 telephone and web based healthcare service solutions and walk in wellness clinics to government organisations and businesses across ANZ. They also develop and support programs to help doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals assess and direct patients to ensure they make informed healthcare decisions and receive the correct level of care. They have more than 4 million healthcare interactions per year.

The Challenge:

MHS were experiencing significant growth in the number of staff working on the network and remotely, which took a toll on the companies infrastructure, especially network storage.

They required a flexible, scalable storage solution to meet the performance demands of a rapidly growing business .

The Solution

Triforce, together with HP, deployed a robust storage environment and energy efficient server infrastructure using pre-integrated 3PAR utility storage, BladeSystems servers and Virtual Connect technology.

The Business Benefits

  • Reduce storage capacity requirements by 80 percent with HP 3PAR Thin Conversion migration from MHS' legacy storage solution, achieving a greater return on investment by reducing management and overhead costs
  • Improve productivity with 99.999 percent uptime, providing 2,500 employees, the remote workforce and customers reliable access to healthcare services and programs
  • Ensure rapid disaster recovery by installing one of the HP 3PAR T400 Storage systems at a separate location, and including HP 3PAR Remote Copy Software on both systems to share data from any application simply, efficiently and affordably
  • Perform quick, proactive maintenance of IT systems to ensure consistent network uptime and 24/7 service supporting more than 3 million healthcare interactions a year

“We now have the scalability and flexibility that we need as a firm as we grow over the next 3-5 years, and we believe the HP 3PAR storage has given that to us” Charles Gonzalez

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