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  • Combined with exceptional service and support throughout planning, implementation and operation BARD Engineering benefits from a tiered storage concept
  • Storage volume grows 1 TB every three months
  • BARD Engineering effectively manages its rapid data growth and also ensures that in the long-term, data can be stored in accordance with legal regulations
  • Wind farm operator achieves high performance, flexibility and scalability to support the company’s business growth
Emden, Germany, based BARD Engineering has deployed a Dell storage solution to cope with rapidly growing data volumes that have resulted from the constant monitoring and controlling of offshore wind farms. Specializing in the planning, implementation and operation of wind turbines, Bard Engineering now benefits from 120TBs of storage capacity to automatically collect data that can be calculated and analyzed daily before being dynamically moved to archives.
BARD Engineering’s wind turbines are specifically designed to withstand extreme conditions in high seas. In the control room in Emden, the company monitors each wind turbine as well as controlling entire farms. The amount of data collected has grown so significantly in recent years that the business’ legacy storage solution was no longer able to cope with the need for more automation, greater simplicity and compliant, economical tiering for both ‘hot’ and archived data. Bard Engineering chose Dell storage for its virtualized, scalable disk pools and agile architecture, which can support the company's growth as well as new offshore wind-farm technologies. Bard_Engineering 

Before implementing the new solution, the company migrated 40 TB of data without disrupting day-to-day-business. The business is constantly generating new data in the amount of 1 TB every three months. With the new Dell Compellent system in place, intelligent and automated features such as tiering means that active data now can be dynamically stored on high-performance, tier 1 hard drives. Inactive data is stored on lower tiers consisting of less expensive disks with large capacity. With these features in place, BARD Engineering can effectively manage its rapid data growth and also ensure that in the long-term data can be economically archived in accordance with legal regulations that require a 20- to 25-year record of wind farm data.

“An important factor in the decision to go with Dell Compellent was the self-optimizing, intelligent storage functions which easily meet our demanding performance and capacity requirements,” says Andreas Fischer, Head of IT at BARD Engineering. “Combined with exceptional service and support throughout planning, implementation and operation phases, we benefit from a storage infrastructure that is proactively monitored by Dell and covered by a four hour on-site service support in the instance of any hard disk failure. This resiliency gives us confidence that we have a solution that can easily grow and support our business.”
“With advancements to the Dell storage and enterprise portfolio, an increasing number of customers are turning to our company for large-scale storage deployments,” said AndrĂ© M. Braun, Germany Sales Director Storage, Dell. “BARD Engineering’s decision to partner with Dell is a great example of our ability to efficiently and cost-effectively offer performance, scalability and long-term protection to business-critical workloads.”
About BARD EngineeringThe BARD Engineering GmbH was founded in September 2003 in Bremen as an offshore wind farm specialized engineering and investment company. For business purpose it also includes the acquisition of such projects and their implementation and operation in its own portfolio. Meanwhile, the entire value chain is largely covered with headquarters in Emden in electricity generation from wind power on the high seas by the BARD Group company.
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