Case Study: Fair Isaac Steps Up to a Tape SAN Page 3


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Before the tape SAN implementation, the overloaded backup environment at Fair Isaac included:

  • 20 DLT 8000 tape drives
  • More than 3 TB per day full and incremental backups
  • Hardware and tape failures, poor configuration
  • Extensive manual intervention
  • The need for improved reliability, improved throughput, and the ability to scale

To meet these needs, the project team organized a tape SAN architecture based on the following (see figure below):

  • StorageTek PowderHorn 9310 Tape Library, with a 6000 tape capacity, controlled by StorageTek ACSLS software
  • Eight StorageTek T9940A Tape Drives, with native Fibre Channel connectivity and 80 GB capacity (Since the project's completion, Fair Isaac has added four new StorageTek T9940A drives)
  • VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter 3.4, with VERITAS NetBackup Shared Storage Option (SSO)
  • Brocade SilkWorm 2800 Fabric Switches, with 16 ports each
  • Sun Fire V880 Servers
  • Sun Fire 280R Servers, clustered with VERITAS Cluster Server 2.0
  • Largest database servers are attached to the SAN through 1 Gb fibre linking directly to the Brocade Fibre Channel switch fabric. Each server has an HBA.
  • Remaining servers use common backup servers over Gb Ethernet or Ethernet 10/100, backed up through two common media servers
  • NAS storage is backed up through centralized mounts to the media servers (see figure below)

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