“SimpliVity’s all-in-one platform was the perfect fit for our VDI project. After seeing the SimpliVity product we didn’t even consider any of the traditional solutions.”
– Steven Bauwelinckx, IT Manager, Eubelius
Eubelius, a prominent independent law firm with offices in Brussels, Kortrijk and Antwerp, replaced its capacity-constrained legacy IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution provides a highly scalable foundation for the firm’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation, and ensures high performance and availability for the organization’s core business applications and IT services.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization and VDI
Eubelius’ siloed IT implementation had reached the end of its useful life. The firm’s legacy infrastructure included HP ProLiant servers and HP EVA
storage arrays that were running out of capacity. The organization was also constrained by an antiquated tape-based data protection solution. Data backup and recovery procedures squandered storage capacity and took hours to complete. Steven Bauwelinckx, IT Manager for Eubelius, sought to refresh the firm’s aging IT infrastructure as part of a VMware Horizon VDI initiative.
After receiving a detailed product demonstration, Bauwelinckx selected SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure for the firm’s nextgeneration IT environment. “We took one look at SimpliVity and we knew it was the way to go,” says Bauwelinckx. “SimpliVity offers an all-in-one solution that is easy to deploy and administer. The product’s built-in data protection features and rapid VM cloning and recovery capabilities were major selling points. After seeing SimpliVity we didn’t even consider any of the traditional solutions.”
SimpliVity OmniCube provides a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—including hypervisor, server, storage, and data protection functions—in a single device, with a unified administrative interface. Eubelius installed a four-node OmniCube configuration in its primary data center and another OmniCube node in a secondary location for disaster recovery. “We replaced two full equipment racks of legacy HP equipment with four 2U OmniCube nodes that offer far greater capacity,” explains Bauwelinckx.
SimpliVity’s built-in data protection capabilities help Eubelius safeguard critical data and avoid application downtime. The firm has slashed backup and recovery times from hours to just seconds. “When we had a problem with our 700GB SQL server we were able to fully recover it in just a couple seconds,” explains Bauwelinckx.
SimpliVity’s real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. The solution dramatically reduces storage consumption and allows efficient remote data protection over a 40Mbps WAN link. “With SimpliVity we can now automatically replicate data to our Antwerp office,” says Bauwelinckx. “We eliminate the costs and hassles of creating tapes and sending them offsite.
SimpliVity’s VM-centric administration and easy-to-use user interface help Eubelius simplify operations and respond more quickly to the needs of the business. System administrators can clone, move or restore VMs in seconds, with just two or three clicks using the familiar VMware vCenter console.