Atos, a global provider of digital transformation services with 110,000 employees and annual revenue of €12 billion, has selected StorPool’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform to build Atos’ public cloud service meeting their flexibility, reliability and speed requirements.

In 2013, Atos launched their ‘Virtual Oracle Computing (VOC) Hotel’ cloud service for customers with Oracle or non-Oracle applications who are seeking flexibility and a low TCO. Originally this cloud service was constructed by utilizing traditional Enterprise IT methodologies and was named Atos VOC Hotel 1.0.

Modernizing the Cloud Service

In 2020, Atos initiated a project to modernize the cloud service by utilizing the most cutting-edge technology available. Atos required a solution that would provide the highest level of reliability while lowering their operating costs. The new system should ideally follow the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) model, in which all services run on industry-standard servers and networks, with sophisticated network and storage functionalities provided by software. As a result, the VOC Hotel 2.0 project was born.

After conducting thorough study, Atos chose StorPool’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform for the storage layer due to its reliability and speed. StorPool was able to resolve Atos’ long-standing hardware life cycle management difficulties. The new storage system provided an always-on environment that did not require maintenance windows and withstood multiple hardware failures, giving the always-on 24×7 hosting platform that customers have come to expect.

The third aspect that sealed the deal was that StorPool charges Atos on a pay-per-use (OpEx) basis for storage used by end customers, allowing Atos to continue to provide good service while providing even more flexibility in pricing.

The Storage Layer

Photo Hink Wiersema, Product Manager and Architect at Atos
“The StorPool product is perfect from a cost, flexibility (grow-as-you-go), and performance point of view,” said Hink Wiersema, Product Manager and Architect at Atos.

Atos replaced the historical storage appliances in two data centers with several standard Dell servers completely stacked with NVMe SSDs to establish the new storage platform for VOC Hotel. These servers were turned by StorPool Storage into primary storage systems for the Atos VOC Hotel 2.0 advanced storage layer.

Atos can simply replace hardware components, such as servers or failed SSDs, or make software and firmware upgrades in-flight, using the new StorPool-powered platform, without affecting service availability and uptime. Atos delegated storage layer management to StorPool, and the Atos team is only responsible for creating and managing storage volumes.

As a result, Atos reported a significant reduction in storage licensing and maintenance costs per TB, resulting in a lower total TCO. Atos’ team also observed a considerable improvement in the performance of their private cloud platform, which was well-received by their clients.

“The StorPool product is perfect from a cost, flexibility (grow-as-you-go), and performance point of view,” said Hink Wiersema, Product Manager and Architect at Atos. “Second – and for us equally important – is the way the StorPool team helps us to build the most advanced hosting platform and their fast and committed support in case of an issue.”

In short, to sum up, Atos was able to create a public cloud service with high flexibility, reliability, and speed thanks to StorPool’s best-in-class SDS storage technology. Atos improved their processes, streamlined their hardware life cycle, and reduced the requirement for customer-visible maintenance windows with service outage.

About StorPool Storage

StorPool Storage is a flexible storage platform for large-scale cloud infrastructure. StorPool is a Software-as-a-Service data storage platform that would turn ordinary hardware into a “fast, highly accessible, and scalable” data storage platform.

StorPool (opens PDF in new window) offers software that transforms regular servers into primary or secondary storage systems. Its team has worked with a wide range of clients, including Managed Services Providers (MSPs), Hosting Services Providers, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), enterprises, and SaaS providers.