by Nicole Gauger

ReiseBank AG optimizes and future-proofs its storage systems with PoINT

Graphic: PoINT Storage Manager reliably and automatically moves inactive data to more cost-effective secondary storage systems.

Siegen. ReiseBank AG is automatically archiving “cold” data with the PoINT Storage Manager, reducing the amount of inactive data stored on its network drives. With the help of PoINT software, the market leader in the travel money business has been able to reduce its backup and recovery times significantly and create a future-proof storage infrastructure.

Large amounts of inactive data were taking up valuable storage space on ReiseBank AG’s network drives, making backup and recovery times much longer than they needed to be. To solve this problem, the credit institute started looking for a software solution that would automatically archive data that was only rarely accessed, moving it away from the company’s high- performance primary storage systems. The transfer process needed to run in the background based on a set of predefined rules. Meanwhile, users needed to retain seamless, transparent access to archived data so their usual workflows could continue unchanged.

Following a test phase supported and guided by the PoINT team, the company settled on a two-tier storage architecture using the PoINT Storage Manager Enterprise Edition. This software reliably and automatically moves inactive data to more cost-effective secondary storage systems. It supports storage media from any vendor, so existing resources can remain in use instead of being replaced. The PoINT Storage Manager allows access to archived files via so-called “stubs” within the primary storage system’s user interface. This means that the usual workflows remain unchanged for end users in other departments.

The primary storage has its load reduced by removing cold data, making a significant difference in terms of backup costs and time requirements. "We are especially relaxed about rising data volumes now,” said Hans Hohenwarter, head of system operations at ReiseBank AG. “The PoINT Storage Manager has us well equipped for the future and we can counter the rising costs, too.” ReiseBank AG has found a genuine long-term solution for data and storage management thanks to the PoINT software’s flexible configuration and ease of expansion as data volumes continue to rise.

About ReiseBank AG:
ReiseBank AG is a market leader in travel funds and one of the top precious metal traders in Germany. The company has 91 branches, primarily located at large airports and railway stations. As a 100% subsidiary of DZ BANK AG, it provides foreign currency and precious metals to around 800 institutes of the Genossenschaftliche FinanzGruppe cooperative and its customers via institutional trading and mail order services. With its experience operating its own stationary and mobile ATM's, it also provides a full cash management service operating ATM's for third-party banks.

About PoINT:
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH is specialized in the development and distribution of software products for storage, management and archiving of data. Our data & storage management solutions offer an easy and efficient integration of different storage technologies and systems in consideration of enterprise requirements. PoINT products allow optimized usage of storage systems and help to reduce costs and issues caused by data growth. The software solutions fulfil compliance and archiving requirements and provide independence from storage technologies and vendors.

Editorial Contacts:
Catrin Kersten Marketing Manager
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH
Eiserfelder Str. 316
57080 Siegen
Tel: +49 271 3841-159
Fax: +49 271 3841-151
marcom@point.de
www.point.de

Nicole Gauger
good news! GmbH
Kolberger Str. 36
23617 Stockelsdorf
Tel: +49 451 88199-12
Fax: +49 451 88199-29
nicole@goodnews.de

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