In tennis, knowing the court is everything. Grass courts are the fastest (just ask any competitor at Wimbledon), hardcourts favor power shots, and clay courts play the slowest and are best suited for players who use heavy spin. The amount of sand on the topcoat, whether the clay is made up of shale or brick, how sticky or smooth the court is, all make a difference in the way the ball bounces and influences which shot is the perfect one.
With all the variables in different types of courts, tennis players have to prepare for the worst. And at the annual Swedish Open in Båstads Kommun, the athletes continually hope for the best and plan for the exact opposite. But they aren’t the only ones. Behind the scenes of the seaside town in southern Sweden, the municipality of Båstad Information Technology organization is also prepared for disaster.
They weren’t always properly prepared, however. Prior to a government disaster preparedness initiative, Båstads Kommun’s IT infrastructure included a combination of legacy technologies, including HP ProLiant servers and a mix of HP EVA and IBM Storwize v7000 SAN storage systems, all within a single data center. Armed with this legacy equipment, the municipality’s IT organization staff of eight was tasked with operating the town’s website and providing IT services for local government employees. With everything stored within a single data center, if disaster had occurred, there was the threat of critical IT services being disrupted and of the municipality’s website being inaccessible.
The municipality’s IT organization recognized a change needed to be made. They knew that data was at significant risk with their legacy equipment if catastrophe ever did strike the seaside town. With this in mind, the IT Operations Manager of Båstads Kommun, Robert Zackrisson, decided to implement SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure solution to ensure continuous service in the event of equipment failures or disasters.
The town replaced 24 rack-units of legacy equipment with just two 2U OmniCube CN-2000 systems. The OmniCube systems are deployed in separate locations for high availability, ensuring continuous service. The SimpliVity solution did more than just save space, according to Zackrisson.
“The SimpliVity solution stood far ahead of the competition,” Zackrisson said. “The other vendors didn’t offer fully converged solutions and couldn’t match OmniCube’s data storage and protection efficiencies. And the ability to manage the entire hyperconverged infrastructure from VMware vCenter was a real differentiator. We had a limited time window to take advantage of government funding and were able to cutover to SimpliVity and decommission the legacy systems in just two days.”
As tennis players need to know their courts, so too do IT managers need to know their technology. And they need to recognize when systems have become outdated and see the advantages of starting with something new. Change can often seem like a scary concept, for sure. But there’s a reason you don’t see Serena Williams or Roger Federer using the old wooden rackets that Billie Jean King used to swing. Change is a necessity to staying prepared and staying at the top of your game. Likewise, SimpliVity’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression, and optimization, keeps data centers running at the peak performance. Zackrisson can attest to the advantages firsthand.
“It was taking about seven hours to backup 100+ virtual machines using Veeam®,” said Zackrisson. “But with SimpliVity’s data efficiencies we can backup our entire environment in seconds.”
In all things, whether it be tennis or managing an IT infrastructure, preparation and knowing your environment is vital. So be prepared if disaster strikes. The (tennis) ball is in your court.
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