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Case Study: Fauchier Partners hedges its storage bets on EqualLogic

Three tiers of SAN storage

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Fauchier Partners, one of Europe's leading specialist firms dedicated to Alternative Investment (Hedge) Funds, has implemented EqualLogic’s PS Series arrays to provide an easy-to-manage and robust storage area network (SAN) infrastructure.

The new installation will ensure that the company’s data is always available to employees in various locations around the world and that its storage capacity will scale to meet its growing volume of critical business information.

Established in 1994, the London-based Fauchier Partners Group has a track record and expertise in the complex field of hedge funds.

According to Hoovers: "Fauchier Partners is one of the top fund of hedge funds in Europe, managing assets worth about $6 billion for clients that include charities, corporations, financial institutions, pension funds, universities, and others. The company monitors and analyses hedge funds, seeking out funds with a proven track record and sound management. They construct individualised portfolios for their clients. BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNP PAM) has a 50 percent stake in Fauchier Partners after the two companies merged their joint venture in 2004, though Fauchier retains majority control.

Patrick Fauchier and Christopher Fawcett founded the company in 1994 and continue to run it." Fawcett is the CEO and Fauchier the chairman.

Its clients include banks, insurance companies, pension funds, fund management groups, endowments, academic institutions and family offices. The group also advises a number of listed 'funds of funds'.

In the UK Fauchier Partners has a mandate from a second UK local authority pension fund to invest in hedge funds after earlier winning a £105m mandate from Leicestershire County Council.

BE or Before EqualLogic

Prior to deploying EqualLogic, Fauchier Partners relied completely on direct-attached storage (DAS). However, the growth in the amount of data that the firm was required to store was causing space and management issues.

With EqualLogic partner Virso, Danbury and his team were able to design and build a scalable SAN infrastructure to meet the company’s requirements for simple management and high performance, while also improving storage utilisation rates.

Fauchier Partners implemented a tiered PS Series SAN composed of three EqualLogic storage arrays. The ability to tier its SAN allows Fauchier Partners to prioritise applications by placing them on separate pools of storage, each optimally configured for the required service level of the application.

The firm’s most critical database, based on Oracle 9i, is housed on a serial-attached SCSI (SAS)-based PS3800XV array. This database relies on the PS3800XV to deliver exceptionally high performance, as employees are constantly accessing it to obtain and update information.

Fauchier Partners uses the PS300E SATA array for storing archived data and a third,PS400E SATA array, for disaster recovery.

Phil Danbury, infrastructure manager at Fauchier Partners, said: “Hedge funds are the most dynamic sector in asset management today, so 24/7 access to our portfolio alongside consistently updated, replicated and stored data allows us to act on rapid changes in the market. We are a growing and dynamic organisation, and our storage platform has to be able to keep pace with our demands: our EqualLogic SAN fulfils these requirements.”

Danbury said: “When we first implemented the EqualLogic SAN, we were up and running within 30 minutes. We know that it won’t be a headache to expand or manage our infrastructure in the future. We liked EqualLogic’s advanced management features such as tiered storage at no extra cost and look forward to using EqualLogic PS Series arrays for new initiatives as our company evolves."

“Financial services are known for having high-intensity databases and processing applications that need top performance and resilience levels,” said Nick Dunn, EqualLogic’s country manager for the UK and Ireland. “iSCSI-based virtual storage provides the performance and functionality required to match these demands.”

EqualLogic is in the process of being acquired by server, storage, printer, PC and laptop supplier Dell.


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