McCann Erickson Upgrades Storage Capacity and Achieves Solid ROI from Consolidation with Network Appliance
Sydney, Australia - May 19, 2003 -- Needing to consolidate an
ever rapidly increasing volume of images, video, graphics, and
copy, advertising agency McCann Erickson Sydney has doubled the
capacity of its Network Appliance™ storage system, delivering
greater efficiency and significant cost and time savings. The
upgrade to one terabyte of raw capacity will also facilitate the
company's move to Microsoft® Exchange.
McCann Erickson Sydney is a branch of the world's largest
advertising agency, McCann Erickson WorldGroup. It produces print,
radio, and television advertising content for high-profile clients
such as Microsoft, Coca Cola, Mastercard, and Cathay Pacific. While
the advertising industry is currently experiencing lean times,
McCann Erickson Sydney is steadily winning new business and has
opened a new regional office in Canberra, in addition to its
offices in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.
With a head count nearing 350 nationally, the company's previous
strategy of adding general-purpose servers to its network to
increase available storage space had quickly become time consuming,
expensive, and inefficient.
In an effort to simplify and reorganize McCann's storage
architecture, National Information Technology Manager Brett Winn
invested in a Network Appliance storage solution, enabling the
company to consolidate its storage onto one system while still
maintaining some data on Windows general-purpose servers.
Winn says the financial and time saving benefits have been
significant and unmistakable. He says he didn't realize how much
time he and his IT team were spending on storage until the NetApp
system was installed. "We were wasting about 20 percent of our time
copying files and moving data to and fro. Now one person spends an
hour a week ensuring the software is up-to-date. This has freed up
time for other things and made our storage strategy simple and very
manageable," he said.
Winn credits Network Appliance with the robustness and ease of use
of its products, and praises the company's technical support. "We
no longer have to worry about storage management because NetApp is
a rock-solid, user-friendly product. The equipment has not faulted
a day. We're easily able to make minor changes to its
configuration, and NetApp's technical team can spot and fix any
issues that might arise before we are even aware of them."
Now, with McCann's ever expanding business, the company is seeing
an increased demand for faster data availability and the need to
store more and more information. Winn stated, "We are currently
thinking about how to traffic information and further consolidate
storage, and the Network Appliance range of products falls very
much in line with our needs."
Network Appliance Marketing Manager Harry Christian says media
industries are prime beneficiaries of simplified storage
architectures. "As the very creativity of its employees is the
commodity of the media industry, storing large quantities of
images, graphics, documents and video is critical to a company's
success. After two-and-a-half years, we are pleased to continue our
strong relationship with McCann Erickson."
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