Enterprise Data Storage Management For A Global Bank

Client challenge

  • Our client was focused on a cost reduction strategy across its technology estate
  • Following on from our initial assessment, Storage was identified as a target area, selected due to its ever-increasing cost profile
  • While unit costs for Storage are continually decreasing, regulatory and legal requirements are driving volumes exponentially, while business demand continues to grow
  • Management Information around the consumption and usage of data was difficult and labour-intensive to compile, and failed to provide the required insight
  • Capacity and Demand Management processes were immature

What we did

  • Built a baseline of current storage capacity by Data Centre and technology
  • Assessed the Capacity and Demand Management processes against TORI’s maturity assessment model
  • Built a cost model to forecast cost impacts of the various options available to address the core issues
  • Reviewed in-flight projects impacting the Storage estate
  • Reviewed available data and identifying gaps
  • Built capacity models for each Data Centre, identifying capacity constraints 
  • Reviewed current technology and vendor mix

The result

  • Production of a comprehensive capacity report detailing:
    • Data Center level points of capacity exhaustion
    • A review of in-flight re-fresh programmes and identification of issues therein
    • Assessment of dedicated storage impacts
    • Identification of unaddressed technical debt
  • Provided recommendations and templates for building required Management Information 
  • Developed governance model and process definitions for deploying effective capacity and demand management
  • Identified key levers for impacting cost base over the next 3-5 years, including significant (£10m+) cost avoidance of new hardware investment