10x faster nightly backups and 60% monthly savings

About WE2U

WE2U is based at Ideon Science Park in Lund, Sweden. Part of the Greater Copenhagen region, Lund and Ideon have a long-standing tradition of creating innovations in life science, software & IoT, telecommunications, energy and new materials. With Lund University right around the corner, academia and the public sector play their part in fostering the bustling startup community and new innovations at the science park through close collaboration.

In 2015, WE2U took the opportunity to take over the IT and telecom operations that were previously provided in-house by Ideon Center AB. Ever since, the company has helped over 500 companies and 1000 users located throughout Ideon and Medicon Village achieve success with high-quality IT and telecom services. In addition to standard internet connections for all offices within the science park, these services include virtual servers and storage. WE2U’s customers include major enterprises such as Axis Communications, and it runs all IT services from Axis’ control system.

The challenge

The outdated legacy IT infrastructure WE2U previously had was slowing the company down, and this did not bode well for the company’s vision of achieving great expansion and growth.

Therefore, a more agile solution was needed to allow the company to achieve the scalability needed to meet rapid changes in demand and capacity.

The solution

As WE2U was building a new server farm from scratch in its data center, AiRE IntelligentFiler model 3122 was chosen for its perfect fit as the main storage solution for its new VMWare cluster. As the heart of IntelligentFiler, AiRE has powerful features that serve as the lifeblood of the full AiRE IntelligentFiler solution. These features provide continuous protection from corruption, disasters and breaches while optimal performance is always ensured by automating I/O path management, application profile recognition and data reduction.

Given that STORViX is also based at Ideon Science Park, it was only natural for the two companies to connect and develop a fruitful relationship. The STORViX team helped WE2U implement the solution and finetune it to match WE2U’s usage scenario. This led to a huge improvement in its nightly backup process, making it 10x  faster than its previous legacy solution!

One of the biggest reasons why the WE2U management team decided to go with the AiRE IntelligentFiler solution was its ability to harness cloud agility as a business model to keep the company’s growth in sync with the growth of its customers. This is made possible with Flexipay. Flexipay is the STORViX pay-as-you-grow program specifically designed to help customers leverage cloud-style business models while still having a physical system that they can configure however they want. Some organizations reap great benefits from moving to the cloud but miss certain on-premises features such as data control, backups with personalized schedules and 100% data consistency. Flexipay is delivered as a fully-featured AiRE IntelligentFiler with a Smartcare plan over a term to be agreed. The customer pays a rate based on peak usage over the past 30 days.

With the help of Flexipay and AiRE’s powerful space optimization capabilities, WE2U’s compression factor went through the roof, cutting its capacity utilization 3x. As a result, the IT and telecom service provider saves up to 60% per month.