Data Storage Solutions for your business
Every minute, 1.7 megabytes of data is created for every person on the planet. All 7.3 billion of us. Combine this with the fact that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone and it is clear to see the challenge businesses face to efficiently store, access and use data is bigger than ever before.
Northdoor are a data storage specialist and IBM Platinum Business Partner.
Designed for Cyber Resilience without compromise
On the 8th February 2022, IBM unveiled the new FlashSystem range – designed for Cyber Resilience without impacting even the most demanding production workloads. Our latest blog provides an overview of the announcement along with our analysis of what this means to you when considering your next primary storage refresh. Read more here.
Business leaders know that digital transformation is key, leveraging cloud, mobile, social and analytics to connect and engage with customers in more innovative ways but they have identifiable gaps. They don’t feel confident about their digital abilities to deliver, make informed decisions and innovate. For instance:
- 60% of retail leaders we talk to don’t think they can deliver a personalised experience
- 53% of leaders in healthcare say they aren’t confident in their decision making
- 31% of leaders in insurance say their data’s not up to par in quality, accuracy or completeness, preventing their greater use of it.
Even the most digital of companies has a data gap to close.
At Northdoor, we help clients change the way they handle data storage, to enable this digital transformation – whether this is with on-premises storage, hybrid, or all-cloud. The links below provide further information on our key offerings.
As data volumes continue to rise, and as users and applications demand ever faster access to data, businesses of all sizes face significant challenges. You must store certain types of data for set periods of time (as defined by regulations), keep the latest data accessible at high speed, protect data against loss, and ensure efficient management over time.
The rising tide of data represents both an operational headache and a business opportunity. As ever more stringent regulations around data preservation and protection come into force, businesses must spend more time, effort and money on storage. But at the same time, much of the data you are gathering can be mined to deliver new insights and support better business decision-making.
Today, data is being created in larger quantities, at a higher rate and in greater variety than ever before. Although progress has been made with cloud, flash and software-defined storage technologies, storage procurement remains a pain point for many organisations. It can be difficult to accurately forecast future storage needs—leaving IT teams scrambling to spin up additional storage or letting excess capacity sit idle. IBM offers a better way to procure storage capacity with IBM Storage Utility.
Many organisations want to take greater advantage of the latest and greatest technologies—including flash storage—but are held back by the perceived negative impact of introducing yet another set of solutions. Through a software-defined approach to storage, organisations can confidently adopt the latest flash-based technologies for immediate business benefits, while prolonging the useful life of older storage technologies.
IBM invented the concept of magnetic tape computer storage back in 1952 and continues to lead the industry in tape innovation. Storage managers are asked to do more with less, reduce costs, maintain service level objectives and protect data to support business continuity goals. Tape can address most data backup, long term archive and data protection needs in a cost-effective manner.
Our Data Storage Solution Processes
- Take time to understand our clients’ needs and future plans
- Help our clients to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT estate
- Design innovative solutions that match performance, growth and resiliency targets
- Provide detailed performance analysis services to understand the benefit of adopting new technologies.
- Provide a skilled implementation and ongoing operational management team
- Put in place technology roadmaps to allow clients to plan and budget for future investment
- Act as a trusted advisor and technology partner to our clients – a true enhancement to their IT teams
Who are we doing this for?
Due to projected business growth in financial trades of over 200 percent ABN Amro needed a worldwide data replication solution for high availability of information to avoid any financial exposure in the event of a system failure. To achieve this Northdoor installed a highly resilient solution clustered over two sites: “Northdoor knew our business and our strategy – they were the logical partner for this major international replication.” Pieter van Tol, CTO Europe
Northdoor plc: IT consultancy for the retail sector
Following significant business growth, a UK automotive distributor had systems that were creaking at the seams with some jobs running for almost 24 hours. Delivery time for products is critical to business performance so there was no appetite for any downtime. To solve this challenge, Northdoor installed and now manages a highly resilient solution clustered over two sites. As a result, response times have improved by over 400 percent, enabling the company to increase its business workload but still retain delivery objectives.
Data Storage Assessment
Free Data Storage Assessment Offer
Optimise the cost, performance and operational efficiency of your data storage infrastructure with a free Data Storage Assessment from Northdoor.
Technologies we use
Northdoor is a Platinum IBM Business Partner with Speciality status in both IBM Power and IBM Storage. In 2015, we were awarded the status of Centre of Technical Excellence for IBM hardware. We also have strategic partnerships with VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Veeam to complement our hardware solutions.
With excellent depth of skills around the IBM i, IBM AIX and Linux operating systems, along with storage sizing and configuration, we pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients deploy efficient and agile infrastructure solutions that can adapt to business needs.
Redefining Cyber Resilience with IBM FlashSystem
IBM announces their new FlashSystem storage arrays; here’s what organisations can expect from these new data storage solutions centred around cyber security.
Boost the scalability of your storage infrastructure while reducing costs with flexible IBM storage
Make data storage more cost-effective and flexible with IBM Storage Utility Offering (SUO) from Northdoor plc.
Unlock the full potential of your data storage and get off the purchasing treadmill
New innovations in data storage technology are enabling businesses to break free from seemingly inevitable and costly storage capacity upgrades.
IBM storage announcement good news for entry level customers
Northdoor comment: IBM’s February storage announcement focuses on bringing Enterprise performance and functionality to the Entry level market.
SolutionData Storage Assessment Offer from Northdoor
Optimise the cost, performance and operational efficiency of your data storage infrastructure with a free Data Storage Assessment from Northdoor
System & Storage
IT automation, self-service & simplicity are keys to success in 2021
We asked Tom Richards, Systems and Storage Practice lead at Northdoor: “What are the key IT trends that customers need to look out for in 2021?”. Tom puts forward his predictions.
The key data storage challenges businesses are facing during the increase of home working
With remote working on the rise, businesses are facing certain storage challenges. Read Northdoor plc’s Tom Richards’ take on it.
Bring the advantages of virtualisation and Flash technology to the storage landscape.
IBM software-defined storage virtualises and revitalises your current capacity. Northdoor’s solutions boost performance and improve cost efficiencies.
IBM FlashSystem 9200 for multi-cloud storage
IBM FlashSystem 9200 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize hypervisor enables companies to virtualise existing arrays from IBM and other vendors.
Given the choice of a storage system, which one would you go for?
IBM Flash Storage system has reliability built in, provides higher performance, reduces footprint and environmental costs.
Revitalise your data storage landscape with Software-Defined Storage Solutions from Northdoor
Maximise the value of your existing IBM storage infrastructure and adopt the latest flash-based technologies
Faster, easier, less costly – new all-flash storage from IBM
Using products from the new FlashSystem family, Northdoor can help companies simplify data storage, reduce costs & increase resilience.
Flexible cloud-like storage with IBM Storage Utility Offering
Discover how the IBM Storage Utility Offering allows you to pay only for the storage capacity you need. Read Tom Richards’ blog.
Benefits of IBM Flash Storage for remote workforces
Discover how you can speed up the responsiveness of mission-critical systems & increase productivity with the IBM Flash Storage Family
Rethink the way you buy storage with a pay-as-you-grow strategy
The IBM Storage Utility Offering delivers capacity up-front, so business can provision storage as needed—and pay only for the capacity that they use.
Removing the storage bottleneck
Northdoor explains how software-defined storage solutions can improve the performance and flexibility of data storage while reducing TCO.
Why You Should Use External Storage for IBM i
Find out more about how your business can get more value from IMB i on Power Systems, by using an external storage disk. We outline the key benefits.
Take control over your storage with IBM Spectrum solutions from Northdoor
Working with Northdoor to implement a software-defined storage infrastructure can help your business transform and meet the demands of the digital economy.
System & Storage
The journey to hybrid-cloud storage
Create a future-proof hybrid cloud for storage both on-prem and in the cloud with IBM software-defined storage from Northdoor plc
Streamline your backup and recovery infrastructure with cutting-edge virtual tape storage
Thanks both to disk-based storage and to network speeds of up to 40TB/hour, a virtual tape library dramatically enhances your ability to meet SLAs for Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
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