“SimpliVity offered far better performance than Nutanix, in a smaller footprint, at a lower price.”
– Russell Turley, IT Manager, Romac Industries
Romac Industries, a leading manufacturer of pipe products and tools for the waterworks industry, replaced its legacy multivendor IT environment with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution ensures high performance and availability for the manufacturer’s businesscritical applications and core IT services, while eliminating infrastructure cost and complexity.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, and Data Protection
Romac’s fractured IT environment—a mix of servers and storage arrays from Dell and EMC—had become too expensive and complex to administer, maintain and scale. To make matters worse, with the company’s inefficient tape-based backup and recovery tools, hardware failures or disasters had the potential to disrupt revenue-critical applications for hours or days.
Russell Turley, IT Manager for Romac, kicked off a technology refresh program to improve the performance and reliability of the company’s IT systems. After evaluating a number of options including Nutanix, Turley selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for Romac’s nextgeneration IT implementation.
“SimpliVity’s data protection, deduplication and compression features played a key role in the decision,” explains Turley. “SimpliVity offered far better performance than Nutanix, in a smaller footprint, at a lower price.”
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—in one device, with a unified administrative interface. Romac deployed five SimpliVity nodes in its primary data center, replacing four racks of legacy equipment. A fully redundant configuration ensures continuous availability in the event of hardware failures. Four additional SimpliVity nodes are installed in a remote data center for rapid disaster recovery.
SimpliVity’s real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. “We can now backup and recover VMs in just minutes,” explains Turley. “When we had an administrative mishap with our Hyperion EPM application, we restored services in 15 minutes. With our old system we would have been down for a day.”
The product’s accelerated data efficiencies free up system resources for critical applications while optimizing storage capacity. Romac has increased application performance by up to 4X even for data-intensive applications like Oracle. And the manufacturer maintains over 800TB of logical data using only 7.4TB of physical storage, a ratio of 108:1. “SimpliVity’s data efficiencies have meaningfully improved the price-performance of our Oracle implementation,” says Turley.
The Simplivity solution also helps Romac streamline system administration and improve service agility. IT generalists can clone, backup, move and restore VMs
with just two or three mouse clicks using VMware vCenter. “Our IT team spends less time managing infrastructure and more time working on strategic projects to support the business,” says Turley.