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The Neenan Company Transforms IT with SimpliVity's Hyperconverged Infrastructure
SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure for IT, today announced that The Neenan Company, a design and construction firm, is leveraging SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure systems to simplify its IT, improve disaster recovery capabilities, and drive greater data and performance efficiency – resulting in dramatic operational and financial benefits. After replacing its legacy infrastructure with SimpliVity's hyperconverged infrastructure solution, The Neenan Company:
  • Increased application performance by 75 percent.
  • Achieved data capacity savings of 40:1 to 80:1 through inline deduplication, compression, and optimization.
  • Accelerated data protection processes, experiencing up to 24 times faster backup and disaster recovery performance.
  • Drove operational changes that increased productivity and significantly reduced total cost of ownership for IT infrastructure.

The Neenan Company has a team of three IT professionals responsible for protecting 40 mission-critical virtual machines that keep the business running each day. The company sought a solution that would provide on-premises operational recovery and off-premises disaster recovery to protect itself from data loss and business downtime, using a partner’s data center as its disaster recovery site. While improving its disaster recovery capabilities was a top priority, this was also an opportunity to conduct a technology refresh and leverage a new solution to reduce annual maintenance and operating expenses.

“We were looking for one fix to a disaster recovery project and found three solutions in one with SimpliVity,” said George Dial, IT manager at The Neenan Company. “SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure simplifies IT and operations in a way that no other product can. Having exceeded our critical disaster recovery needs, SimpliVity drastically reduced our annual data center operating and maintenance costs.”

SimpliVity OmniCube systems provide the best of both worlds: cloud economics with enterprise performance, protection and functionality. As the only hyperconverged infrastructure provider to combine all features and functionality of an entire data center stack on commodity x86 systems – including the compute, storage, network switching, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching, WAN optimization, real-time deduplication and more – SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT for customers.

Having been introduced to SimpliVity through 1903 Solutions, a value-added reseller and SimpliVity partner, the IT team was impressed with SimpliVity’s inline deduplication, compression and optimization, and found that it met and exceeded their needs. The Neenan Company’s IT team deployed two SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure systems at two locations to support its mission-critical applications – including CMiC project software powered by Oracle 10g, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, AutoDesk Revit, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, and Ubuntu and Red Hat Linux. In addition to local backups, backups are regularly replicated between The Neenan Company’s primary and disaster recovery sites. Since switching to SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure, The Neenan Company has seen significant improvements in its disaster recovery and backup capabilities, as well as increase overall operational efficiency.

“There is a palpable shift in the industry as more companies look to optimize their data centers and implement a fully virtualized environment,” said Mitch Breen, senior vice president, global sales at SimpliVity. “SimpliVity delivers a true hyperconverged infrastructure that allows customers to deploy their mission-critical applications and experience enterprise-level capabilities and cloud economics. This one decision drives enormous transformation for IT.”

Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:27 AM by David Marshall
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