Since 1997, Equate has been the owner and single operator of several fully integrated world-class petrochemical complexes in Kuwait, North America, and Europe. These complexes produce over 6 million tons of the highest-quality petrochemicals annually.


Equate needed a future-proof storage solution to solve performance and capacity bottlenecks and improve business continuity. Their plants work day and night, and if stopped for just 30 minutes, would lose production output and a considerable amount of revenue. Equate wanted a future-proof storage solution to solve performance and capacity bottlenecks and improve business continuity.


Equate selected two NetApp® FAS hybrid systems running NetApp ONTAP® data management software in a two-node configuration. A mix of disk and flash media allowed top performance automatically where it was needed most, such as the Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and SAP applications.


One benefit of the solution was a decrease in terabytes of over 20% through a smart SAN volume layout. “By applying thin provisioning and deduplication, we reduced storage capacity considerably. We not only save storage capacity with NetApp, but we can utilize it much better,” said Abdulrazzak Abdulrasool, Windows & Messaging administrator at Equate.


Equate was also able to deliver SAP reports and dashboards 30% faster than before, scale capacity on demand, and improve business continuity for 24/7 production processes. The solution also provided investment protection by being Data Fabric-ready if Equate wants to use the cloud in the future.


NetApp storage is at the heart of Equate’s data infrastructure and, according to Moneer Bouyabis, project manager of SAN storage at Equate, “Everything is working per plan. With the NetApp solution, we are reducing downtime and scalability to simple management and high performance.”

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior manager of product and solution marketing at NetApp with over 25 years of storage and data management marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike was a key leader driving the launch of the industry’s first unified scale-out storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events.

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