DataCore Software Helping New Zealand’s Leading Port Company to Build Virtualized Storage Infrastructure

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A key player in storage virtualization and iSCSI SAN software, DataCore Software Corporation recently announced the deployment of its DataCore SANsymphony storage virtualization software by Ports of Auckland, New Zealand’s leading port company.

Ports of Auckland is going to use the software to create a dynamic and resilient virtual storage infrastructure. In order to deploy SANsymphony advanced storage virtualization software, the company will not require to make changes in hardware. Thus the investment is expected to help cost-effectively support the port company’s server virtualization environment as well as its business model.

One of the largest in New Zealand, Ports of Auckland supports the international trade on a 24/7 basis by providing a broad range of cargo handling and logistics services. Although the server infrastructure at Ports of Auckland is extensively virtualized, its aging Storage Area Network (SAN) was disrupting IT processing at critical hours, the company revealed in a press release. But upgrade was difficult as it would have disrupted its operations. By deploying DataCore SANsymphony, the IT team is now able to keep applications running while switching out equipment with just a few minutes’ notice, officials at DataCore explained in the release.

According to managing director of APAC at DataCore Software Peter Thompson (NewsAlert), DataCore’s storage virtualization software allows Ports of Auckland to move to a shared pool of storage and realize greater efficiency and business continuity as well as the ability to quickly react to new and expanding workloads placed on its systems.

“With DataCore, we have seen the benefits first-hand of improved uptime and being able to do operational maintenance without affecting our business. This gives us peace of mind. We’re also getting better utilization out of our storage hardware, and need less of it to achieve greater performance. With DataCore in place, our performance has been nothing short of phenomenan,” lead systems engineer at Ports of Auckland Craig Beetlestone commented in a statement.

The deployment of DataCore SANsymphony storage virtualization software has given Ports of Auckland and the IT team confidence that they are now in control of the company’s infrastructure.

“Looking forward, it’s good knowing that SANsymphony’s advanced storage virtualization features stay in place even as the hardware underneath changes. There’s none of the throw away we’ve experienced in the past when the functional intelligence was buried in the devices,” Beetlestone further explained.

The Port of Aukland Case Study and more info are available at: https://www.datacore.com/Testimonials/Ports-of-Auckland.aspx

Ports of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading port company, serving the country’s vital international trade with a broad range of cargo handling and logistics services on a 24×7, 365-day-a-year basis. Ports of Auckland is responsible for running two maritime ports and an inland port in the Auckland region.

In 2010, the ports handled cargo equivalent to 13 percent of the country’s total GDP, twice as much as any other New Zealand port. Its east-coast Auckland seaport accounts for 37 percent of New Zealand’s total container trade. Ports of Auckland connects New Zealand’s importers and exporters with more than 165 international ports in nearly 70 countries.

Ports of Auckland Embarks on Storage Virtualization with DataCore Software to Keep Business Processes Flowing Smoothly and Reduce IT Costs
http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2011/06/02/ports-auckland-embarks-storage-virtualization-datacore-software-keep-business-processes-f

Computer Technology Review: Ports of Auckland deploys DataCore Software to keep business processes smooth and reduce IT cost
http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12833:ports-of-auckland-deploys-datacore-software-to-keep-business-processes-smooth-and-reduce-it-costs-&catid=231:storage-software&Itemid=2701181

DataCenter Journal: Storage Virtualization for Ports of Auckland
http://www.datacenterjournal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4742:storage-virtualization-for-ports-of-auckland&catid=142:the-daily-buzz&Itemid=100366

http://vmblog.com/archive/2011/06/02/ports-of-auckland-embarks-on-storage-virtualization-with-datacore-software-to-keep-business-processes-flowing-smoothly-and-reduce-it-costs.aspx

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