Case study

Solid state array boosts performance and flexibility for CGI Portugal's hosted services

By leveraging HPE 3PAR solid state arrays with HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity, CGI Portugal created a resource-efficient consumption-based storage as a service solution that aligns performance and capacity with the individual requirements of its large, demanding customers, providing dramatic cost savings for CGI Portugal and a huge performance boost for its customers.

CGI is known around the world as a leading information technology consulting and solutions company, offering a wide range of capabilities, from systems integration to cloud services and IT outsourcing. In Portugal, CGI's Global Technology Operations (GTO) division has a robust business providing managed IT services for some of the country's most prominent businesses with a concentration in the financial sector. These are customers with demanding requirements for reliable, secure data access to support business-critical financial services. Yet, they also have widely divergent requirements in terms of storage capacity and performance.
Historically, CGI Portugal relied on a traditional storage infrastructure, which meant having multiple storage clusters each with predefined levels of capacity and service-level agreements. The problem was the unit cost for this legacy storage was ten times greater than what the company's customers were willing to pay. And it lacked the agility to align with individual customer requirements. For example, one customer might need 10 TB of storage capacity for an application requiring 100,000 IOPS, while another could be the complete opposite - 100 TB of capacity with 10,000 IOPS. Consequently, the storage clusters were inevitably either over or under provisioned. To remain competitive, CGI Portugal had to find a more flexible and cost-effective way to deliver storage services.
Jorge Ribeiro, director of consulting delivery with the GTO division of CGI Portugal, explains, "Our business objective is to map our services to market demands. We have clients that no longer want the expense of running their own infrastructure, yet require greater data control than they could get from a public cloud provider. We needed a solution that could provide our clients local infrastructure with the business model of the cloud."
Ribeiro presented this requirement to several storage vendors, and after a thorough evaluation, determined that HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage delivered via HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity provided the ideal solution. "HPE 3PAR brought us the flexibility we needed to create isolated domains for our customers, and the ability to use quality of service policies to give each workload the precise capacity and performance it needs. HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity brought a consumption-based model to align our price for service with client expectations."

Flexible HPE 3PAR storage aligns with diverse client needs

CGI Portugal deployed HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20800 Storage in its production data center with a mix of high-performance flash and high-capacity SAS drives, and configured with HPE 3PAR Virtual Domains Software. The company also deployed HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8400 Storage at a remote site for disaster recovery (DR), using HPE 3PAR Remote Copy to replicate data from production to DR.