|[December 10, 2013]
BUHLMANN GRUPPE Achieves Faster Application Performance and a 50% Cost Savings with Combination of DataCore Software Defined Storage and Fusion-io
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
DataCore Software, the leader in software-defined storage architecture
and premier provider of storage virtualization software, announced today
that BUHLMANN GRUPPE, a leader in steel piping and fittings,
headquartered in Bremen, Germany has implemented a storage management
and virtual SAN infrastructure based on DataCore's SANsymphony-V
software. SANsymphony-V manages and optimizes the use of both the
conventional spinning disks (i.e. "SAS (News - Alert)" drives) and the newly integrated
flash memory-based Fusion-io ioDrives through DataCore's automatic
tiering and caching technology. With the new DataCore solution in place,
the physical servers, the VMware virtual servers and most importantly
the critical applications needed to run the business - including
Navision ERP software, Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, SQL and SharePoint - are now
failsafe and run faster.
As the company grew the performance and availability of IT systems were
no longer able to keep up and meet the business requirements of
BUHLMANN; a new solution was needed.
"What is important for us is that our systems maintain the highest
levels of availability and performance at the best price and that we
have the portability and flexibility we need to grow," states Marco
Niebur, Director of IT at BUHLMANN GRUPPE. "Our IT landscape is
constantly evolving to match the growth of the company, therefore we
knew we needed to look for a flexible, vendor-independent solution to
meet our storage needs and that is what we found with DataCore.
Flexibility, hardware independence and great value for the money made
the decision easy to go for the DataCore solution."
Fusion-io (News - Alert) optimized for high-availability and performance with
In combination with the virtualization experts from DataCore's
authorized and trained partner pco (Personal Computer Organization), the
new software-defined infrastructure was configured, installed and
integrated within two days. SANsymphony-V was installed on two HP
Proliant servers, connected to six HP 2700 disk enclosures, which house
the 150 SAS disk drives supporting 46 TB of capacity on each site. To
increase performance, each server was also equipped with a Fusion-io
ioDrive Duo card with 640 GB capacity. The Flash Accelerator memory card
at this capacity combined with DataCore doubled the data throughput
compared to conventional solid state disks (SSDs).
"In order to implement economically a high availability and high
performance system to meet our requirements, we used the Fusion-io crds
combined with the powerful features of SANsymphony-V," explains Mr.
Niebur. "High-speed mirroring and auto failover ensure the highest
levels of availability. The thin provisioning feature improved our
utilization by allowing us to free up previously reserved space so that
we can use all our capacity more flexibly and efficiently now. The need
for spare capacity and the need to buy more disk space is significantly
lower and thus we reduce our costs. By using DataCore's auto-tiering and
adaptive caching, the more expensive, faster flash memory based
resources are effectively used across all the disks - so that the amount
needed can be considerably smaller and therefore more cost-effective."
DataCore and Fusion-io = Turbo Acceleration for Tier 1 applications
After successfully testing the implementation, the migration of the
physical and virtual servers onto the DataCore powered SAN was carried
out. A number of physical servers, the Microsoft SQL and Exchange system
and other file servers now access the high performance DataCore storage
environment. In addition, DataCore now manages, protects and boost the
performance for storage serving 70 virtual machines under VMware vSphere
that host business critical applications - including the ERP system from
Navision, Easy Archive, Easy xBase, Microsoft SharePoint and BA software.
"The response times of our mission-critical Tier 1 applications have
improved significantly; performance has been doubled by the use of
DataCore and Fusion-io," says Mr. Niebur. "The hardware vendor
independence provides storage purchasing flexibility. Other benefits
include the higher utilization of disk space, the performance of flash
based hardware, as well as faster response times to meet business needs
that we experience today - and in the future - combined they save us
time and money. Even with these new purchases involved, we have realized
saving of 50 percent in costs - compared to a traditional SAN solution."
About BUHLMANN GRUPPE
BUHLMANN GRUPPE is a leading provider of steel tubes, pipes and fittings
and has been particularly successful meeting the needs of power plants
and plant engineering within the chemical and petrochemical industry,
shipbuilding and mechanical engineering projects. The company spans 6
national and 26 international locations and the group employs over 700
people within its headquarters in Bremen, Germany. The central IT has
nearly 550 workstations in place to support sales, administration and
logistics and is administered form Bremen by a 17 person IT team.
The family-owned company was founded in 1945 by Karl August Buhlmann and
his wife Mathilde under the name Bremer Rohr- und Eisenhandel.
About pco - Personal Computer Organization
The pco - Personal Computer Organization GmbH & Co. KG is a full-service
provider of comprehensive IT solutions and was founded in Osnabruck in
1984. As an SME-oriented company long-term and trusting relationships
with their customers are at the center of all activity for pco. Core
competencies are in the areas of networking and security, application
delivery and virtualization, office automation and managed
infrastructure services and data center services. pco works long term
and strategically with leading IT vendors such as Check Point, Cisco,
Citrix, DataCore, HP, IBM, Intermec (News - Alert), Microsoft, Motorola and VMware.
About DataCore Software
DataCore is a leader in software-defined storage. The company's storage
virtualization software empowers organizations to seamlessly manage and
scale their data storage architectures, delivering massive performance
gains at a fraction of the cost of solutions offered by legacy storage
hardware vendors. Backed by 10,000 customer sites around the world,
DataCore�s adaptive and self-learning and healing technology takes the
pain out of manual processes and helps deliver on the promise of the new
software defined data center through its hardware agnostic architecture.
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