Global manufacturer consolidates unstructured data with Talon FAST™ and NetApp ONTAP cloud

A global leader in propulsion system solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles has an ever growing amount of unstructured data. The company has 50 plus manufacturing facilities across 18 countries, including the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It provides drivetrain components to all three US automakers, as well as a variety of European and Asian original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.

The challenge of managing data globally

The company's user data is stored across multiple global datacenters from which all business data and models are shared worldwide. However, users in distributed office locations such as APAC are suffering from performance and data consistency issues without file-locking. Document Management System (DMS) solutions such as SAP PLM and Easy DMS have tried to overcome this issue, but large files, latency to sites in Asia, and lack of distributed file locking have impacted the projects team workflow.

Modernizing data storage using cloud software-defined solutions

By leveraging NetApp ONTAP cloud as the customer's backend storage platform, they were able to automatically archive inactive unstructured data from on premise to Microsoft Azure. When Talon FAST™ enabled centralization and consolidation of their data into NetApp ONTAP cloud storage platform, it gave them the option to remove distributed backup infrastructures and enable data snapshots and dedupe to Microsoft Azure. In turn, Talon and NetApp helped the company reduce their overall storage footprint and eliminate the IT complexity faced over several years. At the distributed locations, the Talon FAST™ software fabric was deployed to enable an "Intelligent File Cache", which only caches relevant data and drastically improved the users file sharing performance and experience for better business productivity. By keeping only the active projects and folders close to the users in the branch offices through caching and centralizing their data to NetApp ONTAP cloud in Microsoft Azure cloud, the team achieved the experience they had been searching for and the solution to their enterprise data challenge.


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