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DataCore Software's Storage Hypervisor Boosts Manufacturing Efficiency at WISNIOWSKI Company

DataCore Software, the industry's premier provider of storage virtualization software, announced today that WISNIOWSKI Company has deployed a high availability and high performance, virtualized storage infrastructure with DataCore SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor software to ensure uninterrupted access to manufacturing data. The full case study is available at http://www.datacore.com/Testimonials/WISNIOWSKI.aspx

"Thanks to DataCore's SANsymphony-V software our production is more efficient," states Tomasz Kosecki, manager of IT Department at WISNIOWSKI Company. "The malfunction of a disk array no longer disrupts operations or causes a stoppage of the whole company. Now we have additional time to react in critical situations, which positively influences our stress levels and greatly improves our comfort with our systems. Best of all, we can prevent many problems from impacting our users and customers."

WISNIOWSKI Company is a modern manufacturing enterprise that must react rapidly to constantly changing customer needs. To assure agility in a competitive market, the company has implemented a fully-computerized, large-scale, manufacturing process for its products, which include high-quality garage and industrial doors, fence systems and aluminum joinery. Now SANsymphony-V's synchronous data mirroring across sites ensures high availability and delivers higher performance for WISNIOWSKI Company.

Six administrators in WISNIOWSKI Company's IT Department oversee the entire network infrastructure, the data center and over 330 workstations. Efficient IT operations are critical, since all manufacturing processes are digital and the flow of data from the central database drives all operations. Not only are these administrators responsible for day-to-day operations, but they must be able to respond quickly to any failure of the company's computers, storage, servers and network infrastructure.

"We have to ensure the highest level of safeguards and uninterrupted availability of the data for our core production systems, which are stored within disk arrays located in the main data center," says Kosecki. "We cannot afford downtime or data disruptions that impact daily production; relying on a backup copy made the previous night is not a practical option."

High Availability and High Performance with DataCore

The company enlisted the help of Quad Pro, a solution provider in Krakow, to investigate storage virtualization solutions to improve data reliability and availability. "We wanted to avoid downtime in case of failure of a single disk array as well as significantly improve our ability to deal with natural disasters like fire, flooding or building collapse," says Kosecki.

Over a month-long test period, using actual production data in a set of servers provided by Quad Pro, it became apparent that despite the IT team's concerns about the performance and efficiency of a software solution, the DataCore storage hypervisor was a smarter choice than any hardware solution.

"We knew that virtualization does not always offer the required performance," explains Kosecki. "So we requested a number of proof-of-concept tests, which clearly demonstrated the advantages of DataCore's solution in many areas all at once. The introduction of the DataCore virtual layer not only improved performance, availability and management efficiency, it was also more cost-effective than competing hardware-based solutions."

An Easy Transition to a More Effective Storage Infrastructure

DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor was installed on two physical servers running the Windows 2008 Server R2 operating system. All data is located and stored on EMC CX3 and CX4 disk arrays connected via Fibre Channel. According to Mr. Kosecki, installation was easy and trouble-free.

To both ensure high data availability and minimize the risks of a natural disaster, it was decided to physically relocate one node (a server running SANsymphony-V and one disk array) to the remote secondary data center.

"We were able to transfer the node to the secondary data center and implement disaster recovery without having to disable the entire infrastructure," notes Kosecki. "We had conducted many deployment test runs on the system and we decided to maintain the whole environment live. The switchover was very satisfactory and completely non-disruptive. We simply powered down one of the SAN switches and disconnected the disk array. The other node took over seamlessly. The data remained available, production continued, and our users did not notice that we had just implemented a new disaster recovery site."

Complete Case Study

Read the full case study concerning WISNIOWSKI Company here: http://www.datacore.com/Testimonials/WISNIOWSKI.aspx

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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