What is the aim of an umbrella? A raincoat? Winter gloves? For all of these questions, the answer is the same. Umbrellas, raincoats, gloves – they all aim to protect the body from inclement weather. Being one of the world’s foremost producers and suppliers of umbrellas, footwear, and cold weather accessories, Totes-Isotoner knows its fair share about what makes great rainwear great. A leader in its industry, Totes also understands the importance of protection, portability, and functionality – these are the core pillars of its products, after all.
Realizing that these basic tenets need to extend to the entire business, Totes’ IT team undertook a technology refresh project as part of an Enterprise Resource Planning implementation (ERD). The goal of the refresh was to find a data center solution that could support the ERP on Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne in the near term, but the company also wanted something it could build upon and use to support other aspects of the business in the long term. After evaluating a number of vendors, Totes selected SimpliVity for its next-generation data center solution, because SimpliVity was able to offer the organization something no other hyperconverged infrastructure vendor can claim…complete and fully built-in data protection.
Like Totes, SimpliVity is a leader in its industry and also appreciates the value of protection, portability, and functionality, and while Totes’ products protect the body, SimpliVity’s protect the heart of any business – the data center.
With SimpliVity’s built-in data protection and guaranteed data efficiency capabilities, Totes has been able to drastically improve its recovery point and recovery time objectives, while containing storage costs. In addition, it now takes the organization’s system administrators mere seconds to backup or recover data when it used to take minutes to hours with the previous backup solution. SimpliVity offers unparalleled data efficiency functionality, enabling Totes-Isotoner to realize a data efficiency ratio of 32.9:1, meaning that the company is able to maintain 50.32 TB of logical data while using only 1:53 TB of physical storage. In addition, SimpliVity’s remote office capabilities make Totes’ data center portable. With SimpliVity, the organization was able to scale down to a single node at its remote site – other hyperconverged vendors required a minimum of two nodes – and has subsequently reduced its ROBO footprint and power and cooling expenses.
Though offering completely different products, Totes-Isotoner and SimpliVity are similar in that both companies place a special emphasis on protection, portability, and functionality. Whether guarding against environmental elements or against IT downtime, these core values are implemented to improve the lives of customers.