“With Veeam we couldn’t reliably complete backups during after-hour windows. With SimpliVity we can back up massive VMs in just seconds. In fact, we now offer customers a variety of backup options, creating new revenue opportunities.”
– Kristian Hansen, CEO, Genia
Danish hosted service provider Genia replaced its disjointed multivendor IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution simplifies operations, reduces costs and improves data protection for the provider’s core business services.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, Consolidation and Data Protection
Genia’s legacy IT infrastructure—a collection of independent compute, storage and backup solutions with distinct administrative interfaces—was too costly and complex to maintain and scale. Provisioning new customers or troubleshooting problems was a resource intensive, time-consuming endeavor. To make matters worse, the provider was unable to meet its RPO/RTO goals using its legacy Veeam data protection solution.
Concerned about the company’s ability to consistently meet its SLA objectives, CEO Kristian Hansen, decided to take a fresh look at the data center. After evaluating a number of options, including solutions from HP and VMware, Hansen selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the company’s next-generation IT environment.
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—including compute, storage and data protection functions—in a single device, with a common administrative interface. Genia installed two SimpliVity OmniCubes in both its primary and secondary data centers to ensure continuous service availability and enable swift disaster recovery for approximately 60% of the provider’s VMs. Over time, Genia plans to expand the SimpliVity implementation to support additional customers and services.
SimpliVity’s accelerated data efficiencies help Genia safeguard revenue-critical services and improve customer satisfaction. “With Veeam we couldn’t reliably complete our backups during after-hour windows,” explains Hansen. “With SimpliVity we can back up massive VMs in just seconds. In fact, we now offer customers a variety of backup options, creating new revenue opportunities.” And data recovery is just as fast and efficient. “Our customers are often hit by ransomware and malware attacks,” says Hansen. “With SimpliVity we can get them up and running again in minutes.”
The SimpliVity solution also simplifies operations, freeing up IT staff to work on more strategic tasks. System administrators can provision new customers and spin up services with just two or three mouse clicks using the familiar VMware vCenter console.
Thanks to SimpliVity, Genia now enjoys a modern data center that delivers unmatched performance, reliability and cost-savings.