|[July 09, 2014]
United Financial Credit Union Transforms IT Productivity with DataCore Software Defined Storage
SAGINAW, Mich. & FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
DataCore, a leader in software-defined storage, today announced that
Saginaw, Michigan-based United Financial Credit Union has met its IT and
data storage objectives with DataCore's software-based SANsymphony-V
storage virtualization platform. A DataCore customer for more than three
years, United Financial Credit Union is a firm believer in
software-defined storage (SDS), giving DataCore a "5" or "Excellent"
rating (on a scale of 1-5) in these key areas: cost-containment,
productivity improvement, better capacity management, better performance
management and better data protection management.
"Software-defined storage with DataCore has been transformative as far
as enabling a better IT environment and easier IT management," stated
Andrew Frantom, IT manager at United Financial Credit Union.
"Productivity-wise, we have the flexibility to spin up a new server in a
matter of hours for new products or newly identified needs, without
having the additional worry of rack space, data redundancy, etc."
Prior to DataCore, United Financial Credit Union had multiple physical
servers with direct-attached storage resources that were not fully
usable (as the capacity was not pooled through storage networking) as
well as a quickly growing data footprint. The company was replacing
multiple hard drives in servers and quickly running out of the ability
to expand its storage.
In order to overcome this scenario, United Financial Credit Union
implemented VMware and DataCore. The company went from having
individual, physical servers - to a virtualized environment with
virtualized storage. For United Financial Credit Union, server
virtualization went hand-in-hand with software-defined storage (storage
virtualization) from DataCore Software. The IT department did not want
to even fathom trying to manage a virtual environment without the added
flexibility of shared, virtual storage.
"We value customers like United Financial Credit Union who are using
DataCore's software-defined storage technology to define their storage
and tailor it to meet their specific needs," stated Steve Houck, chief
operating officer at DataCore Software. "United Financial Credit Union
servs as a testament to other financial services organizations that
DataCore is offering game-changing technology for their businesses.
Typical DataCore customers experience striking improvements in IT
service levels, while markedly reducing how much they spend on storage
-often reducing storage costs by 75 percent."
United Financial Credit Union provides affordable, friendly, and quality
service to its members and is committed to the long-term financial
stability of its credit union members and their families. DataCore has
enabled the IT team at United Financial Credit Union not only to utilize
its storage capacity without wasting resources, but has also has allowed
the company to gain much needed redundancy for its data - and thereby
ensuring uptime and non-stop business operations for these valued
United Financial Credit Union currently runs dual DataCore servers at
its main branch for data redundancy and high availability, as well as a
DR site replicated over the WAN. This has enabled the company to meet
the requirements of its Auditors and Examiners as far as data protection.
Moreover, IT Manager Andrew Frantom underscores the fact that the credit
union's ability to purchase a block of storage and to assign it as
needed has helped the company reduce wasted resources on storage
For a "Voice of the Customer" profile including an at-a-glance look at
the IT environment, visit - http://www.datacore.com/testimonials/united-financial-credit-union
About United Financial Credit Union
United Saginaw Credit Union was formed in 1964 to serve a small group of
tool and die workers in the Bridgeport, Michigan area. What started out
in the home of one of its founding members eventually grew into a main
office near Bridgeport in Saginaw. The Credit Union only offered Savings
Accounts until 1978, when it introduced its first Share Draft Checking
Accounts. Over the years the company's membership has expanded to not
only include tool and die shops, but manufacturers, grocers, and several
other organizations called sponsor groups.
In 2003, United Saginaw Credit union became United Financial Credit
Union and since then it has expanded its field of membership to include
people that live, work or worship in Michigan's Saginaw, Bay or Midland
counties. For more, visit http://www.unitedfinancialcu.org.
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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