“SimpliVity customer service is outstanding. Every company on the planet should look to SimpliVity as a model for customer support.”
– Blake Soiu, IT Director, Interland
Interland, a California-based real estate development and asset management company, replaced its capacity-constrained legacy IT systems with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution helps simplify operations, reduce TCO and ensure high application performance and reliability for Interland and its philanthropic arm, the Jim Joseph Foundation.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization and Simplification
Interland’s aging Dell server and storage systems were running out of steam and approaching end-of-life. The Dell EqualLogic storage arrays at the Interland facility in Davis California and Jim Joseph Foundation office in San Francisco were nearly out of capacity. And to make matters worse, unable to reliably replicate data across the two sites, the IT team had to rely on an inefficient cloud-based data backup service for disaster recovery—a risky proposition in an earthquake-prone area like Northern California.
Upon learning that Dell planned to discontinue support for his EqualLogic equipment, Blake Soiu, IT Director for Interland, kicked off a technology refresh program to improve the reliability, performance and economics of the company’s IT systems. After investigating several potential solutions, including Nutanix, Soiu selected SimpliVity for Interland’s next-generation data center infrastructure.
“SimpliVity’s ability to converge all that technology into a compact box with single-pane-of-glass management really blew my mind. And the hardware-accelerated dedupe and optimization features really got my attention,” explains Soiu. “Just as important, the SimpliVity people were extremely knowledgeable and genuine. They were not high pressure like some of the other vendors. They simply wanted to show you what their product could do for you.”
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—including server, storage and data protection functions—in a single device, with a unified administrative interface. The product performs inline data deduplication, compression and optimization on all data at inception across all phases of the data lifecycle, enabling dramatic storage capacity savings and efficient data protection even over bandwidth-constrained WAN links.
The company deployed redundant SimpliVity OmniCube configurations in its Davis and San Francisco data centers to ensure continuous availability in the event of hardware failures or application issues. Data is backed up locally and replicated across sites for disaster recovery and business continuity.
SimpliVity’s built-in data protection features help safeguard the company’s business-critical applications, while saving money. “With our old snapshot-based backup solution, if we lost or accidentally deleted a VM, we lost all the backups that went with it,” says Soiu. “With SimpliVity we can fully restore applications and data in just seconds, even in the event of administrative mishaps. In addition, we’ve been able to eliminate our cloud-based storage service, which cost as much as $2,300 a month.”
OmniCube’s unique data efficiencies also help the company reduce storage expenses. In the Davis data center 380 TB of logical data consume only 4 TB of physical storage. The SimpliVity product also helps the IT organization simplify ongoing system administration. “We manage the entire SimpliVity solution, quickly and easily, directly through VMware vCenter,” explains Soiu. “We spend less time provisioning and managing basic IT services and more time supporting the business.”
Soiu has been impressed by the people at SimpliVity as much as by the product. “SimpliVity’s customer service is outstanding,” says the IT director. “The engineers always verify that your system is 100% fully operational before they hang up the phone—even if it takes an extra hour. Every company on the planet should look to SimpliVity as a model for customer support.”