SimpliVity significantly improves the performance of our mission-critical applications. With OmniCube we can generate data-intensive Cognos business analytics reports much faster, without generating CPU alarms.
– Sean Lane, IT Manager, Princess House
Princess House, a leading Direct Sales organization of housewares, crystal and collectables, replaced its legacy Dell server and storage systems with SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure. The next-generation data center reduces TCO, simplifies operations and ensures efficient and reliable data protection and high performance for the company’s business-critical applications.
BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Business Continuity and DR
Princess House’s aging IT systems were becoming increasingly inefficient, risky and costly. The organization’s legacy IT infrastructure included Dell PowerEdge servers and EqualLogic storage systems—all deployed in a single data center. The IT department relied on four different data backup and recovery tools to protect a variety of enterprise and line-of-business applications. Using the fragmented data protection solutions, the IT team was able to back up fewer than 30% of the company’s virtual servers. Disasters or equipment failures had the potential to impair IT services and disrupt business; restoring critical applications could take hours or even days using the legacy data protection solutions.
Dissatisfied with Dell’s customer support, and unhappy with the performance, reliability and economics of the company’s aging IT systems, Sean Lane, IT Manager for Princess House, initiated a data center modernization program.
After a thorough investigation process involving a number of vendors including Dell, Nutanix® and ExaGrid™, Lane selected SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure systems for its next-generation data center architecture. SimpliVity OmniCube eliminates infrastructure cost and complexity by consolidating a variety of IT functions—including compute, storage, network switching, replication, and backup—onto virtualized, industry-standard x86 hardware.
“The SimpliVity solution was head and shoulders above the competition,” said Lane. “The other vendors didn’t offer fully converged solutions or couldn’t match OmniCube’s extensive functional capabilities. Better still, the SimpliVity solution was half the price of the other vendors’ solutions. And that doesn’t even factor in the ongoing operational savings.”
Princess House implemented a 2+1 OmniCube federation configuration for ultimate data protection. The company replaced five racks of legacy Dell equipment with two
clustered 2U OmniCube CN-3000 systems in its primary data center. They also deployed an OmniCube CN-3000 in a remote colocation center for disaster recovery. The IT group centrally manages the distributed configuration using VMware vCenter.
OmniCube’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. The solution minimizes data backup and recovery traffic and accelerates data protection functions. With SimpliVity, Princess House is able to protect all their application data on a regular basis, in just minutes. Mission-critical applications are backed up locally and to the colocation center every four hours. And data recovery is just as fast. For example, the company’s 1.74 TB Prowess salesforce automation application can be restored in just minutes with SimpliVity, compared to hours using the older Veeam® solution.
“OmniCube is so fast and so easy to manage,” said Lane. When I get a request to back up a virtual machine, by the time they say ‘thank you’ it’s done.”
OmniCube 2+1 Federation Configuration
KEY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Full data protection for all applications
- Faster data protection; backups/restores completed in minutes compared to hours or days
- Lower TCO; five equipment racks consolidated into two 2U units
- Improved application performance: elimination of CPU alarms for Big Data analytics
- Lower storage costs; 69:1 data efficiency
- Simplified operations; frees up IT staff to focus on core business activities
- Easy to deploy; up and running in just hours