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August 01, 2012

Winchester Systems Deploys SaaS Automotive Applications at ASA Automotive Systems

Winchester Systems, a leading data storage solutions provider, is helping ASA clients with the performance and reliability required to meet demanding service level agreements. Winchester Systems’ solution deployed at ASA Automotive Systems provides a virtualized hosted environment for their automotive applications that delivers "Software as a Service" (SaaS (News - Alert)) to clients of ASA Automotive Systems. ASA is a leading supplier of licensed and hosted software solutions for automotive retailers and wholesalers.

ASA picked Winchester Systems because it provides leading-edge performance and reliability at an affordable price. Winchester Systems offers flexibility to increase capacity as we move forward and grow in the future. Before zeroing down at Winchester Systems, ASA was also looked at Hewlett-Packard and Dell for supplying SaaS automotive applications.

Scott Hopkins, Vice President of Operations for ASA Automotive Systems, said, “ASA partnered with Winchester Systems to provide storage solutions for their hosting services because it offers a scalable architecture, energy-efficient design, and business continuity with hardware based snapshots, mirroring and FlashD2D automated disk-to-disk backup. By offering 'Purpose-Built' solutions, Winchester Systems products have consistently yielded better performance and more reliable enterprise data storage and server solutions. They are easier to understand and manage which helps us ensure that every ASA customer receives the performance and availability that it deserves.”

Prior to opting for Winchester Systems’ solution, ASA hosting services operated on servers that each maintained a single operating system and a single application devoted to individual customers. With adoption of virtualization technology, it became possible for ASA to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical host. The supplier of licensed and hosted software solutions for automotive retailers and wholesalers used the VMware virtualization platform as the foundation for building ASA's private cloud.

Scott Hopkins informed that ASA is eyeing to take over a storage subsystem that offers high performance as well as reliability and redundancy. This plan is in order to avoid its customers from experiencing delays and make sure that its applications are always available to support their business needs.

Hopkins said, “Our new computing and storage infrastructure makes it possible for us to fulfill demanding service level agreements (SLAs) that will enable our customers to operate their businesses efficiently and most importantly reliably for many years to come with the ability to grow their data as required. Our storage system has played the key role in the creation of a robust, reliable shared environment where multiple customers share the resources to run our applications. We monitor the storage system performance continuously and we solicit feedback from our customers. Its performance over the past 18 months has been excellent.”

Winchester Systems was recently in news when it introduced their new DA-2300 FlashDisk Database Accelerator, a Purpose-Built SSD-based product that is designed to speed database, OLTP and other random access applications.

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Edited by Rich Steeves
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