The City and County of San Francisco Deploys CommVault for Virtual Server Data Protection and Cloud-based Services
— Agency Achieves Nearly $2 Million in Cost Avoidance After Implementing Private Cloud Hosted Services Model —
CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT) — SAN FRANCISCO — August 27, 2012
At this week's VMworld 2012 conference, the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) will discuss the agency's selection of CommVault® Simpana® software and VMware server virtualization technology as part of its new "Cloud-First Policy" that now requires every application, networking, server and storage system to be cloud-ready. The CCSF is transforming the way it delivers IT services to its constituents through the citywide adoption of virtualization, which has increased its ability to scale its cloud infrastructure and provide faster, more reliable services to meet business needs. As a result, the CCSF has significantly decreased capital and operational expenses to achieve nearly $2 million in cost avoidance and ensured its cloud services can grow with the business.
Gina Tomlinson, CTO for the City and County of San Francisco, will detail the agency's journey to the cloud alongside CommVault COO, Al Bunte, in a VMworld Super Spotlight session on Tuesday, August 28th, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.; attendees can register here.
The primary charter of the CCSF's Department of Technology is to consolidate data center, server and email systems across its approximately 60 agencies and close to 30,000 employees and to serve as a centralized IT organization for the City and County. The CCSF uses CommVault to back up approximately 100 terabytes of data daily across ten agencies. The City and County standardized on Simpana software because of CommVault's single platform, hardware-agnostic approach to data management and its ability to protect applications in physical, virtual or cloud environments.
The CCSF Benefits from a "Cloud-First" Strategy Based on CommVault
- The CCSF is leveraging CommVault's virtual server protection and cloud integration capabilities to seamlessly integrate its VMware environment and move backup and archive data securely, reliably and transparently into, and out of, the cloud
- The CCSF reduced disk requirements by nearly 60 percent for better storage efficiency using CommVault Simpana software
- The agency is in the midst of consolidating more than 20 "data centers" and server rooms into two locations
- The CCSF implemented cloud technologies where applicable, including a virtualization strategy that is able to quickly adapt to heterogeneous hardware and dynamic change
- The CCSF created an "IT on demand" service offering that quickly addresses the ad-hoc IT business needs of its agencies and generates revenue by charging back hosted services
- The agency is in the midst of consolidating seven disparate email systems, over 23,000 licensed email users, to a single Microsoft cloud email solution
- The CCSF has significantly reduced the time it spends on maintaining existing infrastructure and applications, as well as supporting users, and is more focused today on value-added innovation for the agency
"We implemented a cloud-first IT strategy as part of our effort to address a multimillion-dollar, city-wide budget deficit, avoid staff reductions and implement business-enabling IT solutions. Our cloud-first strategy has allowed us to roll out a wide-ranging series of transformative virtualization and cloud initiatives with CommVault Simpana software as the foundation of our data management strategy," said Gina Tomlinson, Chief Technology Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. "These successful initiatives have helped us expand our footprint in the cloud and anticipate future demands to ensure our cloud services fulfill and grow with the needs of our agencies and community."
"The City and County of San Francisco understood that modern data management was an important link to the cloud and that the whole point of their IT overhaul was to enable a strategic focus on software-based service delivery," said Al Bunte, Chief Operating Officer, CommVault. "CommVault Simpana software helped the CCSF solve forward by creating a scalable VMware protection solution across a heterogeneous cloud infrastructure to help reduce costs and keep pace with operational dynamics and constant change. Innovative people like Gina Tomlinson are focused on service levels and outcomes and her IT vision has helped her dedicate more time on innovation that adds value to the organization instead of maintaining infrastructure."
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