There’s something to be said for a strong foundation. While we like to imagine how high a skyscraper can reach, how close it can get to the sun before its pinnacle brushes the clouds, the foundation remains the deciding factor in how tall the building can actually climb. A weak foundation can crumble a building. A strong one can make it last forever.
So what’s in a strong foundation? Well, as the folks at KHD Humboldt and Wedag know, for a building it all starts with cement. And those at KHD know because they have over 155 years of experience in the cement industry.
KHD offers a wide spectrum of products and aftermarket services for the cement industry, and is a leader in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products for the grinding and pyro-processing sections of cement plants.
As KHD’s business leadership continued to expand globally, so too did their challenges with legacy IT infrastructure. KHD’s data center had steadily grown more and more complex. Joerg Ludwig, Chief Information Officer of KHD, described some common challenges at the company.
“Our CEO would come into my office on an almost daily basis and ask: ‘How can we reduce our IT costs? Why don’t we move to the cloud to increase IT’s agility?’”
To keep up with data growth and the performance requirements of enterprise applications, KHD was forced, over time, to deploy numerous different deduplication, compression, and optimization appliances, from WAN optimization to storage-tiering. But perhaps an even bigger issue was KHD’s mounting operational expense. Administrators were forced to spend countless hours on menial maintenance tasks instead of focusing their time on innovation to drive the business forward. And in certain countries, where staff turnover rates are typically high, lack of trained IT resources was negatively impacting growth.
KHD needed a solution. Not another Band-Aid. Not another add-on or appliance. A real solution.
“What I needed was a solution where I could say to my CEO: ‘Look, I’ve provided the benefits of the cloud and I’ve improved IT productivity while keeping our data safe and secure,’” Ludwig said.
To find a solution that matched their needs, KHD sought out a technology that was built from the ground up. He needed a company that put as much stock in a strong foundation as KHD did. He found that company and that technology in SimpliVity and the SimpliVity OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform.
SimpliVity provides KHD with the cost and efficiency of the cloud, while keeping its data and applications on-premises with its simple, scalable, modular 2U building blocks built on x86 commodity hardware. The Data Virtualization Platform offers deduplication, compression, and optimization of all data inline, at inception, once and forever, across all stages of the data lifecycle.
“The data efficiency that SimpliVity offered provided the ability for KHD to move data between global locations and eliminated the need for separate WAN optimization products. It also improved KHD’s disaster recovery capabilities,” Ludwig said.
SimpliVity’s solution allowed KHD to keep their IT resources on site, while providing the benefits of the cloud: cost reduction, efficiency, agility, and the ability to keep pace with business demands. Both KHD and SimpliVity know, whether it’s when constructing a piece of a city’s skyline or the data architecture of the future, building a strong foundation is the key to long-lasting success.
Read the entire KHD Humboldt and Wedag case study to learn the full benefits of deploying the SimpliVity solution.