Cancer Research UK recruits EMC to improve its storage utilisation



In September this year, Cancer Research UK announced that it has improved its storage utilisation by 30 per cent using EMC’s VNX unified storage offering. The world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research has transformed its IT infrastructure and deployed its private cloud.

This move, by one of the most well-known charities ion the UK, is a great example of charities using cutting edge technology to enable faster and more reliable access to databases and mission-critical applications. The benefits for Cancer Research UK include increased performance, improved efficiency and significant return on investment. Crucially, the improvements will also ensure that money is not being wasted on IT which could otherwise be spent on research and the time savings for staff have also been significant.

Cancer Research UK’s legacy storage environment was no longer providing adequate capacity and system performance, putting unnecessary pressure on the charity’s IT staff and resources. The outcome of this was employees would experience delays in their requests, ranging from simply accessing emails to complex database queries. These delays prevented the organisation from maximising its resources and helping staff to raise funds for world-class research in all aspects of cancer.

After discussing with partner CAE the technologies that would better support the charity’s IT operations, CRUK chose EMC for both its storage and backup and recovery needs.

Michael Briggs, Head of Infrastructure of Cancer Research UK said “As an IT department, our job is to provide our internal ‘customers’ with the reliable and efficient systems they need to work towards delivering Cancer Research UK’s vision… Our previous IT infrastructure didn’t have the necessary storage processing power or flexibility to handle our growing data demands and the resulting delays that our users were experiencing were something we just couldn’t afford. With CAE’s help, we decided to transform our IT infrastructure using EMC technologies and began seeing the benefits straight away; both in terms of an immediate performance improvement and a reduction in backup time and cost”

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