Industry vertical: Retail
Project that involved DataCore:
ü Storage Virtualization
Size of IT environment:
Small data center - 7 VM hosts; over 55 VMs
Data virtualized: 40 TBs
Users supported by DataCore storage virtualization software: 1,600 users
Quotes from Kevin Schmidt, senior network engineer, Thorntons, Inc.
“We pride ourselves not only in knowing what travelers and commuters want in fully-stocked food marts, but in having nice, clean and brightly lit stores. We take exceptional care of our properties – our stores – and we strive to be the biggest, brightest thing on the block. In terms of our IT systems, basic store functionality is critical and often contingent upon having our backend systems online and functioning all the time.”
“History shows that after three or four years on a server, you need to forklift replace it by changing it out and upgrading it – that was us."
“With our current environment, all of the volumes are synchronously replicated. We have it configured so that all of the ‘reads’ come out of the primary SAN and ‘writes’ go to both the primary and the secondary SANs. Whenever we write any data to any database – or for that matter do anything on the system – it has to be written to both sides. This way all of our data volumes are very well protected.”
“Since we went live with DataCore SANsymphony-V, the response from our user community has been fantastic. It is almost night and day from what we had before and it is a significant improvement over what we were used to. I had worked with DataCore before, so I knew the benefits and I knew just how well it performed. Everyone else here was a little bit skeptical as to the speeds and other performance metrics we were claiming were possible with a storage hypervisor. Now, they are all believers.”
“This was a significant savings overall and put us in much better shape to keep our infrastructure solid and enhance our productivity.”