Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a global leader in the development and manufacture of aerospace and defense solutions. Owned by the Israeli government, IAI designs systems for naval vessels, civil and military aircraft, homeland defense, satellites and command centers. With a revenue of US$3.83 billion, IAI employs some 16,000 people and is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Operating at the cutting edge of research means that every minute counts for IAI’s production teams. IAI’s core IT environment consists of VMware, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server, and Oracle database. The existing and new applications produce a torrent of data, and managing the growth while maintaining storage performance caused a constant IT headache.
Israel Aerospace Industries
Israel Aerospace Industries major aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial and astronautic systems for both military and civilian usage. It has 15,000 employees as of 2018. IAI is completely state-owned by the government of Israel.
IAI designs develop, produces, and maintains civil aircraft, drones, fighter aircraft, missiles, avionics, and space-based systems.
Although IAI's main focus is engineering, aviation, and high-tech electronics, it also manufactures military systems for ground and naval forces. Many of these products are especially suited for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) needs, while others are also marketed to foreign militaries.
Hitachi Vantara suggested that by using advanced automated data tiering, IAI could combine spinning disks with Hitachi’s flash module drives (FMDs), to gain the appropriate price-performance benefits of both storage types. Following an extensive selection process, IAI consolidated part of its storage environment onto Hitachi Vantara solutions. At its primary manufacturing location, IAI implemented two Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G800 arrays, providing a combined total of 1PB capacity. At its secondary facility, IAI selected two VSP G600 arrays, each with 250TB capacity.
The Hitachi solutions provide a highly effective hybrid storage model, and even with only 10% of the raw capacity provided by FMDs, IAI is reaching all its technical performance objectives.
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