Town of Paradise, California
“With our old system we were doing nightly snapshots and transporting tapes across sites and to a bank vault,” explains Marquis. “With SimpliVity we backup all our applications locally and remotely every hour, and it takes just seconds to backup or recover a VM.”
– Josh Marquis, IT Manager, Town of Paradise California
The Town of Paradise, California replaced its legacy IT systems with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution accelerates data backup and recovery functions while eliminating IT cost and complexity.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, Consolidation and Data Protection
The Town’s fractured IT environment—a mix of HP servers and storage arrays—was too complex and risky to maintain and scale. The IT department relied on an antiquated tape-based backup solution to protect the Town’s emergency services applications and business systems. Hardware failures or application mishaps had the potential to disrupt critical services for hours while systems were recovered.
After considering a number of options including solutions from Pure Storage, Josh Marquis, IT Manager for the Town of Paradise, selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the Town’s next-generation IT implementation. “SimpliVity’s built-in data protection features help us slash backup and recovery times,” explains Marquis. “And the solution has fewer components and is extremely easy to manage, which helps us save time and money.”
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. The Town deployed two 2U SimpliVity nodes at Town Hall and two 2U SimpliVity nodes at the police and fire facility, replacing a total of four racks of legacy HP equipment. Fully redundant configurations at each site ensure continuous availability in the event of hardware failures.
SimpliVity’s efficient data protection capabilities enable rapid disaster recovery within and between data centers. “With our old system we were doing nightly snapshots and transporting tapes across sites and to a bank vault,” explains Marquis. “With SimpliVity we backup all our applications locally and remotely every hour, and it takes just seconds to backup or recover a VM.”
SimpliVity’s VM-centric management interface simplifies operations, freeing up Marquis to work on other activities. “SimpliVity saves me at least 10-15 hours per week in system administration time, says Marquis. “I now have more time to support the user community and work on more strategic tasks.”