CMA (Credit Market Analysis), the credit information company, is making annual savings of more than £500,000 after virtualising its storage and server infrastructure with Compellent.

By implementing Compellent’s Fluid Data storage and server virtualisation technology from VMware, the company has made the savings by cutting power and management costs.

Compellent’s Fluid Data architecture offers automated tiered storage. This enables around 60 percent of the company’s data to be available on the fastest, most accessible storage level, while the virtual application servers sit on the middle tier and all historical data sit on a third tier of low-cost disks.

"By automatically moving inactive data to low-cost storage without additional staffing time, we’ve saved on management costs while buying fewer disks even as our capacity needs grow. The overall savings have been considerable, in the region of half a million pounds a year," said Ryan Sclanders, infrastructure manager at CMA.

The virtualised system replaced CMA’s packaged server cluster with direct attached storage. CMA adopted the virtualised system nearly two years ago in an effort to offer real-time services to its clients, and to improve its storage capabilities.

CMA implemented two separate systems. The first Storage Area Network (SAN) supports the live production environment at the company, while the second SAN runs a combination of disaster recovery and corporate services. CMA now has more than 100 virtual servers on four physical machines, instead of nearly 100 physical services for each client.

Furthermore, the new systems allow CMA to implement applications more quickly and data is backed up automatically.

Earlier this month, Nationwide contracted IT services firm Unisys for a project to virtualise 500 servers in its datacentre, with the aim of cutting £8 million from operational and energy costs.