Al Tayer Group plans storage area network implementation

Tayer Group is modifying its storage set up to accommodate the masses of data generated by its applications.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  December 31, 2003

To accommodate the masses of data generated by its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) applications, and to prepare the ground for its proposed customer relationship management (CRM) project, Al Tayer Group is modifying its storage set up. Currently, the UAE firm’s attention is focused on a storage area network (SAN), which it believes can provide the capacity Al Tayer requires both to support its current needs and those generated by other projects, such as the development of its own portal and increasing IT-based collaboration among users. “We are looking at SAN at the right time because although our storage is fine now, we will be doing more in 2004, such as collaboration,” says Evan Powell, group IT director, Al Tayer Group. “SAN is the big thing and we may also get bigger servers as we continue to improve our IT and generate more data,” he adds. Despite this focus on SAN, Powell is resolute that the IT team will not manoeuvre the firm into a situation where it has far more capacity than it can use, as this wastes money. “It [storage] should climb just above a company’s growth and meet towards the end of a three-year buying cycle. Although you need to have leeway, it is pointless having 10-years-worth of capacity,” he says.

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