HEADQUARTERS
Pershore, U.K
OVERVIEW

Chalcroft builds throughout the UK: we have particular expertise in the sectors listed, and handle a wide range of projects, from simple refurbishment to multi-million pound factories. We employ our own highly-skilled workforce, and work closely with our clients and specialist sub-contractors to ensure that projects are completed within the agreed program and to a very high standard. The majority of our projects come through recommendation from satisfied clients, who appreciate that we are competitive on price, whilst offering excellent value and innovative solutions. Chalcroft has particular expertise in the following sectors: Food and Drink; Warehouse & Distribution; Industrial & Commercial; Renewable Energy and Special Projects.

  • Metalogix StoragePoint
  • Metalogix Selective Restore Manager
  • SharePoint 2010
  • SQL Server 2008
  • 25 TBs of content under management
Chalcroft Offloads 24 TBs of SharePoint Content With Metalogix StoragePoint
U.K. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY UTILIZES REMOTE BLOB STORAGE (RBS) TO SAVE ITS OVERWORKED SQL SERVER
THE CHALLENGE

When Chalcroft initially deployed SharePoint 2010, the company had no idea how quickly it would grow and how it would eventually end up consuming so much time, resources and valuable storage space. What began as a deployment with less than one TB of content ballooned to 7 TB of content within a year and, within 3 years, the company had roughly 25 TB under management. Its SQL Server 2008 was under attack from this massive amount of content and the problem was only getting worse.

As a construction company, the content being uploaded into SharePoint consisted of very large files, such as blueprints and drawings, which consistently exceeded 10 MB.

“Architect Drawings are big evil beasts,” shared Claire Edgson, Group IT Manager, Chalcroft. “The drawings were up to 50 MB and a particular building could have up to 200 different drawings. It did not take long for our SQL Server to feel the strain.”

The amount of content managed in SharePoint grew even further when the company started uploading photos – more than 30,000 over two weekends – along with videos of construction sites, potential buildings and new and old projects. Due to regulations, Chalcroft had to keep much of this content for up to 12 years, meaning that it would not be going anywhere for a long time.

“It reached the point where our SQL Server told us, ‘No more,’” said Edgson. “Our SQL Server was unable to keep up and it was drastically affecting our SharePoint’s performance. If we didn’t do something, our SQL Server was never going to cope. We had reached the point where it stopped being feasible to use.”

Claire Edgson
Group IT Manager, Chalcroft

StoragePoint is bizarrely easy to use. It’s just point, click and go. It’s really brilliant. I can’t say enough good things about what it did for us. We were able to offload 98% of the content to different, less expensive tiers of storage.

Our SQL Server was finally able to breathe and it made our SharePoint faster. But it was more than that – we saved so much on storage costs. I would estimate that what we saved is easily three times what StoragePoint cost us.

THE SOLUTION

As Chalcroft investigated Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) technologies to offload content, they initially tried AvePoint DocAve 5 and quickly decided the product was not going to meet their needs. Edgson described the AvePoint product as “leaving nasty bits” behind in their SQL Server and causing more problems. It was at this point that Edgson found Metalogix StoragePoint and she admitted that the product blew her away with its ability to solve the storage problem in minutes.

“StoragePoint is bizarrely easy to use,” she said. “It’s just point, click and go. It’s really brilliant. I can’t say enough good things about what it did for us. We were able to offload 98% of the content to different, less expensive tiers of storage.”

With so much content offloaded with varying needs – some content needs to be accessed daily, some needs only to be viewed once a year – the company now employs 32 different storage locations and uses Metalogix StoragePoint to set guidelines on storage.

“We have a massive storage and we’re able to have StoragePoint move the content to different locations based on file type, size and need,” explained Edgson. “The content drifts in and out of locations while it’s completely hidden from everyone. There is so much work being done by StoragePoint that we are able to manage automatically.”

THE RESULTS

Almost immediately after installing Metalogix StoragePoint, Edgson witnessed the dramatic difference it made for the performance of the company’s SQL Server and SharePoint environment.

“Our SQL Server was finally able to breathe and it made our SharePoint faster,” she said. “But it was more than that – we saved so much on storage costs. I would estimate that what we saved is easily three times what StoragePoint cost us.”

Edgson explained that StoragePoint was able to quadruple their storage space, compared to storing everything within SQL Server, while also saving roughly £25,000 pounds per year.

“I spent one-tenth on storage this past year compared to what I would have otherwise,” she stated.