“SimpliVity’s inherent data protection, dedupe and compression capabilities were key. With SimpliVity we can failover and failback between data centers, and move workloads across sites quickly and reliably.”
– Michael Michaud, Senior Director Information Technology, Synernet
Synernet, an outsourced provider of administrative services for the healthcare industry, replaced its inefficient multivendor IT environment with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution ensured high performance and reliability for the company’s critical applications and data, while streamlining operational resources.
Business Challenge: Improve Data Protection, Simplify Operations, Accelerate Service Agility
Synernet’s legacy IT implementation—a mix of HP servers and capacityconstrained Dell EqualLogic storage arrays—was too costly and complex to maintain and scale. Expanding capacity, introducing new applications or troubleshooting problems was a time consuming, error-prone process involving a number of distinct, low-level administrative interfaces. And to make matters worse the company was unable to achieve its disaster recovery objectives with its unidirectional data replication solution; once services failed over to the DR site, Synernet could not effectively revert back to the primary production site.
After evaluating potential replacement options from Nutanix and Scale Computing, Michael Michaud, Synernet’s Senior IT Director, selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the company’s next-generation IT implementation. “SimpliVity’s inherent data protection, dedupe and compression capabilities were key,” says Michaud. With SimpliVity we can failover and failback between data centers, and move workloads across sites quickly and reliably.” Synernet deployed three SimpliVity nodes in its primary data center in Portland, ME and two SimpliVity nodes in a secondary data center in Brunswick, ME eliminating IT sprawl and administrative complexity.
SimpliVity’s VM-centric management interface simplifies operations and accelerates IT service agility. IT generalists—without any special training or storage expertise— can clone, move, backup and restore VMs in seconds with two or three mouse clicks. “SAN experts are difficult to find and expense to hire,” explains Michaud. “With SimpliVity our regular VM administrators can take care of day-to-day management tasks directly from vCenter.”
Thanks to SimpliVity, Synernet now enjoys a state-of-theart data center that delivers superior reliability, agility and economics. “Our relationship with SimpliVity is a true partnership,” says Michaud. “They know about our business, they care about our business and they want to keep our business. Vendors are a dime a dozen. Partners are hard to come by.”