Save the Children International had a requirement to consolidate existing VMware ESX hosts and relocate the servers to a more robust site for increased availability. Due to the fact that they were running on very low disk capacity, they needed Corporate Systems to provide them with a solution that would consolidate their existing virtual infrastructure. Shared storage was considered by Corporate Systems which would allow Save the Children International to share virtual machines amongst virtual hosts and achieve high availability.
There were a number of SAN storage requirements, including the ability to expand the storage capacity easily and a storage device that needed to be best suited in a VMware vSphere 5 environment and many database servers.
Initially, there was no shared storage solution in place and all virtual machines were hosted on local storage to the VMware server. The provisioning of available space was difficult to manage and free space was becoming sparse. Therefore, Save the Children International requested to simplify the provisioning of storage for virtual machines, used three upgraded ESX hosts and increased availability & recoverability on key systems.