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The Core Policy Department of DIISR, which employs approximately 1,800 people, was experiencing the same rapid rates of growth in data volumes as other federal departments, with around 60 percent annual growth. It had become vital to significantly increase capacity while ensuring the continued ability to scale adequately. A further challenge was the significant limitation on space and power in the existing data centers, which restricted the amount of new hardware that could be installed. DIISR implemented a partial-rack IBM XIV Storage System with 42 TB of storage at its primary data center, and moved the most modern hardware from its existing SAN to its disaster recovery site. Data is replicated from the XIV cluster to the SAN, and is also backed up to tape.
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