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Liberté Ousts HP LeftHand, Selects Scale Computing's Intelligent Storage Solution to Complete Virtualization Project
Scale Computing, a developer and manufacturer of intelligent, clustered storage solutions tailored to the virtualization and archiving needs of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), today announced that Liberté, an international dairy manufacturer, has deployed Scale’s intelligent storage to complete the company’s virtualization project, ultimately saving the company thousands of dollars.

Founded in 1936, and based in St-Hubert, Quebec, Liberté is a dairy manufacturer with a long history or producing quality dairy products including various cheeses and yogurt. What started as a small, local business has evolved into a thriving, international company with plans to expand into the natural food market.

With operations spread across six locations, Liberté decided to virtualize all servers required for operations in order to improve the company’s computing infrastructure. The company selected Citrix XenServer™ as its virtualization technology and LeftHand Networks as its storage vendor for the project. In the midst of its virtualization project, Liberté discovered that additional storage capacity was needed to achieve completion. Additional storage from now, HP LeftHand was priced well outside of Liberté’s budget. Concerned that the virtualization project would not be completed, Liberté needed to find a storage solution that was simple, affordable, scalable and Citrix XenServer compatible.

After researching options and receiving a recommendation from Groupe SDP, Liberté selected Scale Computing’s S-Series storage offering. Scale’s Intelligent Clustered Operating System (ICOS) architecture provides parallel performance for large and unpredictable virtualized workloads and is extremely scalable, making it possible to grow node by node with no disruption to data or services. ICOS is high-performance and highly available, with full redundancy and data replication built-in. Scale offered Liberté the flexibility to grow as needed, Citrix XenServer certification and attentive customer support – at a price that was thousands of dollars below HP LeftHand. Liberté deployed two S2 Starter Clusters with 6TB of usable capacity.

Scale’s S2 Starter Clusters have exceeded Liberté’s expectations delivering reduced costs, increased control and added convenience. “Scale delivered everything that it promised – and then some,” said Daniel Husereau, network administrator, Liberté. “From configuration to deployment – we were up in running in three hours. What you see is what you get.”

Since purchasing Scale, the company has been able to complete its initial virtualization project, which at one point was at risk of not being completed. Scale’s ICOS architecture enables Liberté’s IT department to scale as necessary by non-disruptively adding new nodes at will, seamlessly increasing the capacity of the entire array. Most importantly, Liberté realized ROI from day one. Liberté was able to purchase two 6TB systems and one 3TB system from Scale at the same price as one 3TB system from LeftHand.

“I didn’t think it was possible for a company deliver all of these features at a price that was drastically below HP LeftHand,” said Husereau. “Scale has delivered more bang for our buck. We couldn’t be happier.”

To learn more about Scale Computing, visit or call 877-SCALE-59.

Published Tuesday, April 05, 2011 6:01 PM by David Marshall
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