“SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure with built-in data protection helps us mitigate risks, improve business agility and simplify operations. The solution accelerates application deployment and improves disaster recovery while eliminating cost and complexity.”
– Peter Cullen, ICT & Data Hardware Manager, Blundstone
Blundstone, an Australian footwear manufacturer and online retailer, replaced its legacy HP server and storage systems with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution helps Blundstone reduce TCO, streamline IT operations, and ensure high performance and availability for the company’s businesscritical applications and data.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization and Disaster Recovery
Blundstone’s aging IT systems were becoming increasingly inefficient, risky and costly. The retailer’s legacy IT infrastructure included virtualized HP servers with iSCSI storage systems, running a variety of business applications. The IT team relied on several distinct backup and replication tools including Symantec Backup Exec and Veeam for data protection and recovery.
Deploying new workloads–allocating compute and storage resources, configuring data protection policies–could take weeks using the company’s legacy tools. Worse still, disasters or equipment failures had the potential to impair IT services and disrupt business; restoring applications could take hours or even days using the disjointed data protection solutions.
Peter Cullen, ICT & Data Hardware Manager for Blundstone, kicked off a data center modernization initiative to improve the scalability, reliability and economics of the company’s IT systems. Upon the advice of IT consultant Anderson Morgan, Cullen selected SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure systems for its next-generation data center over proposals from HP and other vendors.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure solution is designed from the ground up to meet the increased performance, scalability and agility demands of today’s data-intensive, highly virtualized IT environments. The solution eliminates cost and complexity by consolidating a variety of IT functions–including compute, storage, network switching, replication, and backup–onto virtualized, industry-standard x86 hardware, with global unified management.
Blundstone implemented a geographically distributed configuration for ultimate data protection. The company replaced two racks of legacy HP gear with two 2U SimpliVity OmniCube CN-3000 nodes in its primary data center. They also deployed an OmniCube CN-3000 in a remote location for disaster recovery. The IT team centrally manages the distributed 2+1 OmniCube federation using VMware vCenter.
SimpliVity’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. The SimpliVity solution minimizes data backup and recovery traffic and accelerates data protection functions. With SimpliVity, Blundstone is able to protect all their application data on a regular basis, in just minutes. And data recovery is just as fast. As result, the IT team is now able to meet stringent RTO/RPO targets.
SimpliVity’s VM-centric administration accelerates service agility. The IT team can roll out new applications in days, compared to weeks with the legacy solutions. “With SimpliVity I can quickly institute granular data protection policies at the VM level,” said Cullen. “Deploying new workloads is a snap.”