CARGO currently stores for its clients more than 40 million documents and images, which are made available online via a custom document management system. Before moving to NetApp storage in 2006, CARGO used an HP optical disk jukebox to store these files.
OpenLink supports various versions of Oracles and MicrosoR~ SQL Server databases as the back end for its solution, although Oracle is most widely used among its customer base. The company wanted a more flexible storage architecture that would allow it to make the most cost-effective use of storage capacity for Oracle development, as well as its growing VMware environment. "Our traditional storage architecture was all Fibre Channel," explains Thomas Mertz, Director of Global MIS for Open Link Financial, who is responsible for global standards and policies surrounding IT. "It was all LUN based, so every time we created a LUN we were wasting all that space, whether it was used or not. We didn't have any thin provisioning, deduplication, or replication capabilities, and we wanted more flexibility."