Infrastructure as a service helps Village Roadshow cope with data growth

Tuesday, 13 December, 2011

Village Roadshow has moved to the cloud with an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model to cope with its massive data growth.

The company has entertained Australians for more than 50 years with its theme parks, attractions and resorts, DVD distributions and cinemas, including Sea World and Wet’n’Wild Water World.

Village Roadshow previously managed its own data centre at its Jam Factory headquarters in Melbourne, but due to continually increasing data demands, it was forced to seek alternative, more efficient IT solutions.

David Kindlen, CIO at Village Roadshow, said: “Our data was growing at a phenomenal rate, and we were running out of space to store it. We needed a high-performance and scalable managed production storage solution that provided strong business continuity capabilities at a competitive price to an in-house purchase.”

The company engaged Interactive, which has a Tier III data centre built on NetApp technology, to provide an IaaS solution to alleviate its data management challenges.

“I spoke with Interactive about setting up infrastructure as a service utilising hardware from NetApp, with whom we already had technology that we were very happy with,” said Kindlen.

All of Village Roadshow’s data is now stored on the NetApp FAS3170 storage system within Interactive’s Tier III data centre in Melbourne. Since moving to this IaaS model, Village Roadshow’s storage is more flexible and better able to cope with continued data growth.

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