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Reduce Costs and Risk.

No matter how good your data and storage environments are, there is always room for improvement. Mainline can help you get the definitive answer as to what next steps your organization needs to take to improve efficiency (doing things right); effectiveness (doing the right things); and reduce costs and risk.

Consultants You Can Trust in Your Storage Transformation Journey

Mainline’s consultants have years of experience in a wide-range of industries so we can provide you a different perspective, gather the right information, facilitate your management team’s convergence on moving forward and define the right actions at the right time to achieve the intended result. We know that as a third party, our advice affects change. We also know that we are not purely detectives solving a mystery. Yes, we are service management investigators but we work for you. We report our findings through your lens.

Our focus is on protecting and gaining insights from your data through three service areas:

Strategy Services:

These services focus on technology alone or technology included with process, organization and governance leveraging workshops.

Health Check Services:

Health checks are deep dives into specific technologies or issues you are facing. Our Health Checks include all storage brands both file and block, SAN switches, Tivoli Storage Manager, as well as the general subject of performance, where we start with the storage solution and walk back to the root cause.

Storage Optimization Services:

We have built a modular set of consultative services that when combined, can address most issues and concerns you have about your operational data storage, protection and archive environments.

STRATEGY WORKSHOP
A facilitated and managed approach to defining infrastructure strategy.

ENTERPRISE STORAGE ASSESSMENT
Define current and target data storage and protection environment, identify the gaps, and provide an actionable roadmap of recommendations. The core of any storage assessment.

DATA STORAGE AND PROTECTION ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
Define and illustrate both your current and future environment, including both logical and physical diagram modeling growth over 12, 24 and 36 months by data center.

INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION LANDSCAPING
Facilitate infrastructure and application teams working together to build a score card, score application requirements and agree on the future onboarding process.

STORAGE INVESTMENT ANALYSIS
Define and enable a loaded unit cost of storage supporting showbacks/chargebacks through the development of TCO, ROI and CBA.

SERVICE READINESS ASSESSMENT
Use Mainline’s scoring tool to establish a service delivery baseline and compare against your industry average. Use to measure improvement.

INFRASTRUCTURE DATA ANALYSIS
Using an agentless, cloud-based Storage Resource Management tool, define valid and invalid data, recommend residency and retention policies, and classify application data/servers into service tiers.

SERVICE CATALOG DESIGN
Organize your infrastructure services into a catalog of your choosing based on strategy, data requirements and agreements with application teams by service class, or build a starting point to update as you learn more.

PROCESS ENGINEERING
Document and detail ITIL-based process definitions within an IT-based process reference model, starting with storage and backup processes and building an operational guide delivering auditable, repeatable one-way-to-implement infrastructure.

ARCHIVE AND COMPLIANCE
Establish a Data Storage Archive infrastructure based on the application data characteristics to be archived and the regulations that guide our client’s industry.