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Gratte Brothers

Scalable flash storage handles continued data growth at Gratte Brothers

When the SANs at building services company Gratte Brothers reached capacity, the company chose Fordway to help them implement innovative flash storage which has significantly improved performance and provided greater visibility to help the company plan for the future.

Case study overview

Gratte Brothers is one of the UK’s leading independently owned building services companies.  Founded almost 70 years ago as an electrical contractor, the Group has expanded to offer a complete range of services for the design, installation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical services, security systems and commercial catering facilities.  It employs over 650 personnel and has a turnover in excess of £100,000,000 per annum.  

Gratte Brothers generates large volumes of data from its design services.  The company had two four year old Compellent SANs which were nearing capacity, one in its head office and the second at a back-up site.  It approached Dell Compellent to enquire about the cost of expanding the SANs, and was advised that this was not possible; the SANs were at the end of their life and would have to be replaced.

Gratte Brothers researched a range of potential storage vendors before drawing up a shortlist of three who appeared to offer the robust solution they were looking for at a competitive price.  Then a wildcard emerged –  hybrid storage arrays from Tegile.

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