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Synergy to use Hitachi solution for data security


Hitachi Data Systems has announced that Western Australian energy provider, Synergy, has selected the company to provide a cost-effective and scalable enterprise infrastructure to meet high levels of data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Synergy is WA’s largest provider of gas and electricity, with one million residential, business and industrial customers in Western Australia. Following the merger with the state’s generator, Verve Energy, Synergy consolidated from four data centres into two new providers. The data centre redesign and migration presented the opportunity to design and deploy a new IT infrastructure for the new facilities, according to the company.

“Hot data replication was a key feature for us as it renders traditional backup redundant,” said Matt Tranter, Synergy ICT project services manager.

“The new design negates the need to schedule regular downtime for applications and infrastructure testing, which brings further efficiencies and benefits.”

Synergy selected Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G600 (VSP G600) and Hitachi NAS (HNAS), which according to the company, provide better total cost of ownership (TCO) and utilise active-data replication. The solution uses Hitachi Data Protection Suite (HDPS), powered by Commvault, to deliver a single point of policy-based and automated data protection management, preparing for and responding to all types of disasters and outages, and the ability to test and assure established disaster recovery plans.

“Disaster recovery and business continuity are important considerations in the digital age, and Synergy demonstrates this with a proactive approach to risk mitigation,” said Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia and New Zealand.

“By leveraging active-data replication, the business is able to run critical services on an infrastructure with the highest availability to deliver an even better customer experience at a lower cost.”

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