With the ushering in of a new generation hybrid storage arrays from Tegile, the traditional approach to storage is being redefined and the dust may finally settle on the eternal HDD versus SSD debate. This is perhaps to the advantage of Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM), the provider of ad optimization and data services, whose proprietary applications are hosted on servers running older operating systems.
After moving to a virtualized environment, BIM decided to implement a Tegile Zebi hybrid array, which claims to have the combined benefits of high performance SSD (solid state drives) and the low cost per terabyte of high capacity disk drives (HDD).
Tegile Systems is a provider of flash driven storage arrays, and its new generation of Zebi hybrid storage arrays promises to make the management of virtual desktop infrastructure easier, faster, more reliable and less expensive to deliver.
BIM’s servers run older operating systems, such as Windows Server 2000 and 2003. The company wanted the dual benefit of retaining its older technology while incorporating the new one, as some of its apps and the OS were supported only by the old technology.
Adding SSD to legacy storage systems as a tier or using SSD only arrays were options that didn’t really work out. It was then that Tom Trujillo, IT manager at BIM decided to virtualize the media company’s 51 physical servers with VMware. Once that was done, upgrading to the new technology while maintaining the older one, became possible.
BIM purchased a Tegile Zebi HA2100 high-availability hybrid array with 25TB capacity. The array was connected to the servers and virtual machines through an Ethernet switch. The Zebi array stores all the VM data.
"We rely on our data to make our money. The fact that so many municipalities were trusting Tegile was more than enough for me," noted Trujillo.
Tegile’s Zebi arrays are stated to deliver up to seven times the performance and up to 75 percent less capacity required than legacy arrays, but according to Trujillo, it delivered much more. The storage load was drastically reduced from 21 terabytes to less than seven terabytes, leaving an amazing 60 percent of the Zebi free, something not likely to happen with other products.