Mississippi Department of Revenue
“The best part is that we no longer have to come in on weekends to do installs and updates.”
– Patrick Welch, Network Services Manager, Mississippi Department of Revenue
The Mississippi Department of Revenue replaced its legacy multivendor IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution ensures high performance and availability for the State’s automated revenue system, while eliminating infrastructure cost and complexity.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, and Data Protection
The Department’s aging IT environment—a mix of Cisco servers and EMC storage arrays—had become too expensive and complex to administer and expand. And to make matters worse, the Department was unable to meet its RPO/RTO goals using its legacy EMC Avamar backup and recovery solution.
Increasingly dissatisfied with EMC’s products and customer support, Network Services Manager Patrick Welch, decided the time was right for a technology refresh. After evaluating a number of options including Nutanix, Welch selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the Department’s next-generation data center.
“SimpliVity’s native data backup and dedupe capabilities were huge for us—especially compared to Nutanix,” says Welch. “SimpliVity gives us everything we need, in one box that is really easy to manage.”
The Department deployed three 2U SimpliVity OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS nodes in its primary data center, replacing nearly two full racks of legacy gear. Two additional SimpliVity nodes are installed in a remote data center for disaster recovery.
SimpliVity’s real-time deduplication, compression
and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. “With SimpliVity we can remotely backup and restore TB VMs in seconds, compared to hours with Avamar,” says Welch. “With our old solution our overnight backups often didn’t complete. The next morning we’d have to suspend them because the system performance was so slow. Those issues have all gone away with SimpliVity.”
The SimpliVity solution also dramatically simplifies operations. “With SimpliVity we can spin up IT services quickly and easily, without storage or backup expertise, explains Welch. “The best part is that we no longer have to come in on weekends to do installs or updates.”