One data protection firm’s 14 data centers has adopted high-capacity hybrid storage platforms to power its exacting secure storage needs.

To keep pace with constantly growing data demands, cyber protection firm Acronis needed to increase its enterprise data storage capacity over time. This called for a cost-efficient storage solution that could deliver solid reliability and data protection.

On 23 Mar 2020, the company announced that it has turned to technology partner DIAWAY to design a scalable architecture that could be deployed across its 14 global data centers. High capacity hybrid storage platforms required to meet capacity demands and support the business’ long-term expansion plans efficiently and cost-effectively, were supplied by Western Digital.

In phase one of the planned overhaul, Acronis upgraded most of its worldwide storage infrastructure with Western Digital Ultrastar platforms contributing more than 220 petabytes (PB) of capacity, with more to be added. By investing in this overhaul, Acronis has reduced its storage acquisition and operational costs, and simplified the management of its vast, global storage footprint. Having a standardized global storage architecture means capacity planning is much easier and costs are more predictable.

Alex Beyk, director of global technical operations at Acronis said: “As a company, our growth depends on our ability to offer customers efficient and reliable cyber protection solutions at an affordable price. With DIAWAY, we have an integrator that truly understands our needs, and with Western Digital, we’re getting a storage solution that we can trust, with a total cost of ownership that other storage vendors could not match.”

The WD Ultrastar platforms are extremely dense ‘just-a-bunch of disks’ systems that provide the flexibility to specify the HDD and SSD combinations for balancing capacity, performance, and cost. Both are key elements of next-generation disaggregated storage and software-defined storage (SDS) systems. Touted benefits include unique silicon-to-systems capabilities that claim to provide the long-term reliability.

Said Alexander Ragel, managing partner at DIAWAY: “We make every effort to provide our customers with great products and services, and Western Digital is committed to providing modular and efficient platforms that we use when architecting multi-petabyte style environments.”

Nigel Edwards, vice president of sales, EMEAI at Western Digital, said: “When designing petabyte-scale environments, high-density, reliability and costs are all important factors. We’re committed to supporting Acronis’ data storage needs as it looks to expand its infrastructure around the world and grow its business.”