1st Basis was looking for a cost-effective SAN to service its SAP HANA® hosting environment; one that could run test/development servers with SAP HANA as well as several production virtual servers. 1st Basis offers a hosting service for resource intensive SAP HANA-based systems, and to keep up with demand, more CPU, RAM and storage were required. Seeking the best of both worlds, 1st Basis required an updated SAN solution: high-speed at an optimal price.
Originally, 1st Basis planned to install a new physical SAN, but after evaluating the potential costs involved, they quickly realized this would require a substantial investment. The IT team decided to implement a virtual SAN solution instead, and the company’s strategic technology solutions partner, MNJ Technologies, recommended DataCore™ Hyperconverged Virtual SAN software based on its flexibility.
MNJ felt DataCore would be the best fit because 1st Basis wanted a SAN solution that they could easily upgrade to their specificity, and one that was proven to work with SAP HANA for test/development. A DataCore feature that was particularly important to 1st Basis was the ability to source their own PCIe SSD drives, as manufacturer drives are often nonspecific on throughput. 1st Basis also needed to be able to source units that would perform to the standard they were looking for. Furthermore, they needed a solution that they could grow and evolve—without having to do a forklift upgrade or add another large shelf.