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MedPlast Selects StorSimple for VMware Ready Enterprise Cloud Storage on Amazon S3

StorSimple, the leading provider of Enterprise Cloud Storage for Windows and VMware infrastructures, today announced that after an extensive evaluation, MedPlast, a leading provider of thermoplastic medical devices, selected StorSimple for VMware Ready cloud storage on Amazon S3. The StorSimple appliance will be used for primary storage, automatic archiving, snapshots, cloud snapshots and disaster recovery.   

MedPlast specializes in contract manufacturing of thermoplastic and elastomer medical devices for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. It operates five plants across the U.S. which run 24x7 to generate medical devices that are critical to people’s lives. The manufacturing data behind these devices has strict retention requirements and has to be stored for the lifetime of the product, while remaining quickly available when required. MedPlast started evaluating the cloud and cloud storage when their existing backup targets were becoming full and backup windows were growing excessively long. Instead of purchasing additional disks, Dan Streufert, IT Director for MedPlast, led an evaluation to fix the problem and provide a long-term solution.

“When you talk about primary storage and backup, it is one of the most critical parts of your infrastructure and you really need to have confidence in your solution. We looked at all of the vendors in this space, and I spent a lot of time analyzing the capabilities and the pros and cons of each one,” said Dan Streufert, IT director for MedPlast. “It was apparent that StorSimple has the most fully baked solution and the most enterprise class product and organization. As soon as you open the box with the StorSimple device you can tell it’s an enterprise class, robust, purpose-built device.”

MedPlast initially started using the StorSimple 5010 as a backup target, but quickly realized that StorSimple is much more. MedPlast quickly moved to storing their Virtual Machines (VMs) on StorSimple, which enabled them to perform instant Snapshots and Cloud Snapshots with no adverse effects on performance and the backup window. The VMs being managed include an ERP application with supporting components such as database reporting, SharePoint, and programs that monitor the molding presses. File shares and archiving is another key use case.

“Storage is a challenge because the more complex the system, the higher the cost, which creates a very expensive system for enterprise organizations,” said Ursheet Parikh, StorSimple CEO. “To get the most out of enterprise cloud storage, companies need to think about data in a different way. StorSimple is a next generation cloud storage provider and customers, such as MedPlast, that do detailed investigations quickly find the value in our approach to cloud storage.”

Published Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:04 PM by David Marshall
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