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Zoological Society of London pounces on NetApp to support academic research and conservation efforts

ZSL reduces costs with infrastructure refresh in collaboration with S3 Consulting

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announces that the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the international scientific, conservation and education charity that owns ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, has chosen NetApp to revamp its data infrastructure to support its research and zoo business in a more efficient manner, which will help it preserve wildlife for future generations.

As a leading charity running two zoos and conservation projects in more than 50 countries globally, data is vital to ZSL. It runs a large number of applications that are central to its research and academic output as well as its daily operations, including ticketing and membership systems, all of which produce a significant mass of data.

Five years ago, ZSL adopted a network-attached storage model with NetApp. As the business evolved, ZSL was ready for a refresh to bring more storage capacity and faster speeds to support its growing organisational needs.

Through its long-standing partner S3 Consulting, ZSL upgraded to NetApp FAS2500 series hybrid storage arrays to provide an infrastructure that could cope with its ever-growing data needs. NetApp’s hybrid storage arrays deliver the robust capabilities that will allow ZSL to seamlessly deploy NAS, SAN workloads and all flash systems in the future, should it experience changes to its performance needs.

Integrated with NetApp, ZSL selected Catalogic DPX NSB for its archiving solution, which reduces backup and recovery times, while providing data protection and reducing operational costs.

As a result of this NetApp deployment, ZSL has seen a significant reduction in response times for it’s ticketing and finance systems, with 46% deduplication achieved on its production system. These new efficiencies have led to the following benefits:

  • Reduced transaction times
  • Enhanced customer experience for members of the public.
  • Reduced backup times from one week to one hour
  • Freed up time for research and business development

Nick Napier, Head of ICT at the Zoological Society of London said: “We already had a good experience with NetApp, and after looking at several other competing technologies, it was demonstrably clear that refreshing NetApp provided significant cost savings. We now have a very intuitive platform which is easy to manage, and NetApp’s support is top class. The benefits of how and what we can now back up are a huge step up from our old solution, and we now have a fully future-proofed investment.”

Elliot Howard, UK & Ireland Country Manager for NetApp said: “ZSL’s infrastructure upgrade has clearly had a positive impact on the charity, enabling them to stay a world-leader in the conservation of animals and their natural habitats. The availability of data is vital to any business or research body, and for ZSL access to this data at any time means it is able to continue with vital research, while also maintaining a high quality of customer service in its zoos.”

Robert Galt, CTO for S3 Consulting said: “Working with Nick’s team, Netapp and Catalogic in this manner has allowed ZSL to make improvements to their storage capacity, backup and system management. ZSL recognised that as the demands of the business were growing, they needed to make a change to how they delivered on storage and backup as part of their virtualised infrastructure. As a result, they are leading the way in the modern business approach to IT delivery, with an infrastructure that is robust and efficient in all the areas that mattered to them...”


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About NetApp
Leading organisations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more visit

About Catalogic Software
Catalogic Software is the market’s leading software provider of intelligent Copy Data solutions. Founded in 1996 and with thousands of customers worldwide, Catalogic’s mission is to enable IT organizations to leverage their copy data, delivering significant reductions to CAPEX and OPEX while providing superior services to the business. With its software products, Catalogic helps clients Manage, Orchestrate and Analyse their Copy Data across their enterprise and cloud in support of mission critical IT functions including disaster recovery, test/dev, DevOps, next generation data protection, and business analytics. Catalogic has a state-of-the-art Partner Program, and its products are sold exclusively through its global network of distributors and value-added resellers. Visit the Catalogic Partner page at

S3 Consulting
S3 Consulting was founded in 2004 by IT specialists Chris Bullock and Robert Galt. We have become the market leader in the provision of virtualisation focused, software defined infrastructure solutions. Over 10 years ago, we quickly identified that software defined infrastructure would be the future. Since then S3 Consulting has maintained a focus on this technology. We apply a focused approach to implementing virtual infrastructure solutions, which delivers real value to our customers.

About Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Our mission is realised through our ground-breaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For more information visit

Partnerships with the private sector are essential to promote and achieve the worldwide protection of animals and their habitats. ZSL is interested in partnership requests from organisations wishing to support our aims. Please contact Sandra Crewe, Head of Corporate Partnerships, to discuss Sponsorship, Corporate Membership and Cause-Related-Marketing

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