Eden Project achieves flexibility and cost savings with NetApp

Future ready environment offers efficient IT management

London, October 24, 2011 - The Eden Project is a unique organization - a tourist attraction, an educational charity and a social enterprise. Based in Cornwall, the Eden Project attracts over a million visitors every year to its exhibits, events, workshops and educational programs reminding people of their connection to the natural world. To balance its commitment to achieving a flexible, easy-to manage environment within budget limitations, the Eden project moved to a shared infrastructure based on NetApp, eliminating inefficiencies by centralising data, facilitating management and building in agility for future growth.

Faced with increased data growth, generated by multiple research projects on the natural world, the previously outsourced IT infrastructure had outlived its limits both in terms of capacity and performance. The challenges were multiple; find the optimal way to look after and work with that data post-project and manage the ongoing burden of the core business data, while delivering flexibility, innovation and driving down costs. The Eden Project worked with NetApp partner, S3 Consulting to deploy a shared infrastructure combining a NetApp FAS2020 array with 7Tb of capacity and two VMware ESX enterprise virtualization platforms. Built on an existing Cisco network architecture, the infrastrucutre addressed all of these challenges in a cost effective manner.

Centered on the NetApp storage array, the revamped virtual environment took only a month to implement and proved its efficient IT promise with an ROI payback within 18 months. The 75% server replacement, the centralisation of data and the ability of NetApp deduplication to unlock efficiency gains have all contributed to a more flexible IT architecture. "The best news is that these benefits have not come at a high price. The cost of the project has been offset not only in efficiency terms but also in the solution's flexibility and its ability to scale for the future," says Jon Curry, director of HR and ICT.

"The direct links between the technology and the cost efficiencies have brought into the spotlight how much a shared IT infrastructure can benefit an organization faced with even the most complex storage problems. Choosing NetApp has allowed the Eden Project to combine efficiency gains with a single, easy-to-manage platform for extensive virtualization even to the desktop level," explains XXX (insert country spokesperson) at NetApp.

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