“Since deploying SimpliVity, we’ve been able to focus less on infrastructure and more on commercially beneficial projects.”
– John Seah, Commercial Manager (IT, Marketing, Warehouse & Logistics), Sasa Cosmetic Co.
One of the leading cosmetics retailing groups in Asia, Sasa Singapore offers more than 400 brands, covering 10,000 skin care, fragrance, make-up, hair care and body care products and health supplements including own-brands and exclusive products. Sasa prospers on its successful and proven “one-stop cosmetic specialty store” concept which aims to provide customers with the widest range of high quality products at the most competitive value.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, Consolidation and Data Protection
Like many retailers, Sasa is continuously looking for innovative ways to contain costs and streamline operations. With the company’s legacy IT systems approaching the end of their useful life, John Seah, Commercial Manager for Sasa, decided the time was right to consolidate and simplify the corporate data center. After evaluating a number of options including Nutanix, Seah selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the retailer’s next-generation IT implementation. “We were impressed by SimpliVity’s simplified management, fast and easy data protection, and significant storage savings,” explains Seah. “Since deploying SimpliVity, we’ve been able to focus less on infrastructure and more on commercially beneficial projects.”
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular building block of x86 resources that delivers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—including hypervisor, compute, storage, and data protection functions—in a single device, with a unified administrative interface. Two 2U SimpliVity nodes ensure high performance and reliability for the retailer’s core IT services and business applications including revenue-critical POS systems.
The SimpliVity solution streamlines administration, improves data protection and reduces TCO. SimpliVity’s VM-centric management interface simplifies operations and accelerates IT service agility. IT generalists can perform routine operations directly from VMware vCenter, freeing up Sasa IT specialists to focus on more strategic tasks.
SimpliVity’s inherent data efficiencies accelerate backup and recovery functions, helping Sasa optimize application performance and conserve storage resources. “With our old Acronis system we had to run backups overnight so we didn’t impair application performance,” explains Seah. “With SimpliVity, backups are fast and efficient. We can back up any time of the day and not worry about impacting application performance or running out of disk space. And recovery is just as fast and efficient. We had a VM failure and were able to restore it in a matter of minutes.”
Thanks to SimpliVity, Sasa now enjoys a state-of-the-art IT implementation that delivers superior economics, performance and reliability.