Cancer Research wins Computer Weekly Storage Award


Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 17.27.42Computer Weekly recently announced that EMC customer Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has been chosen as the winner in the private sector category of its European User Awards for Storage. Announced at the end of the summer, the awards recognise innovation in data storage projects that improve storage efficiency and effectiveness and it’s great to see that Cancer Research has been singled out for its innovative projects.

EMC has worked with CRUK for a number of years and the long-term relationship and ongoing developments has dramatically improved the charity’s ability to reduce IT budgets, increase performance and increase targets. In addition, it has improved employee day-to-day IT experiences through faster access to data, reducing the marketing cycle time, improving fundraising ability and supporting mobile working through a more resilient and accessible system. The IT team has taken significant steps to implement innovative technologies, most recently incorporating EMC XtremSW and SF Cache®. These have immediately improved storage utilisation, access to data, enabling more efficient fundraising activities. In addition there are reduced running costs and an expected return on investment within 18 months for the entire implementation.

A major advantage has been provided to CRUK’s marketing team which used to take between four to five hours to run a marketing cycle but, using XtremSW Cache, this has reduced to 18 seconds. This means the charity can better attune campaigns to target key audiences and directly increase fundraising generation.

In only a matter of months, the team can report tangible benefits back to the business. Already, the organisation has increased throughput four fold – marking a significant step forward.

Ahead of the awards, Michael Briggs, Head of Infrastructure at Cancer Research discussed how: “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 to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our previous IT infrastructure didn’t have the necessary storage processing power or flexibility to handle our growing data demands and this resulted in our users experiencing delays we just couldn’t afford. 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.”

Further information about the awards and other category winners can be found here:

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