A large part of the infrastructure upgrade involved virtualizing the ERP system among others, and a key consideration was the performance needed to power this business-critical asset. The ERP provider ran initial tests with DataCore software- defined storage for RSD and the results were impressive—not only did it meet the existing performance needs, it actually sped up the system significantly.
“DataCore software-defined storage has made our ERP system lightning quick— which wasn’t always the case,” said Jim Barnes, CIO of RSD. “Once we saw how fast DataCore was, the decision to move over was a no-brainer.”
To their surprise, not only did the ERP system experience immediate performance gains, but their Veeam backups ran three times faster than before. Their DR replication RPO dramatically improved to less than two seconds and their VM-clone jobs became ultrafast overnight.
RSD has two DataCore software-defined storage nodes in the data center and corporate office that are 100% mirrored. If server upgrades or maintenance are required, IT can take one DataCore node down at any time—even during the business day. They are brought back up and resynchronized, and no one in the company has ever realized a difference.
Since moving to DataCore software-defined storage, RSD has also enjoyed 100% uptime—there hasn’t been a single time when the system has gone down. For example, RSD experienced a situation in which electrical work was being performed in its data center; an electrician was rewiring to bring more power in and had done something incorrectly that accidentally popped a number of breakers. This took a large portion of the datacenter down, but not DataCore; it was one of the only elements to continuously operate without interruption.
“DataCore has enabled 100% uptime the entire time we have been using it, which is absolutely critical as it runs 99.9% of all of our data,” Barnes noted. “If DataCore were to shut down, the whole data center would too.”
Previously, RSD was doing straight backups to tapes, causing their Veeam backups to take a long time to complete. They decided to introduce DataCore as their new backup-to-disk solution for all their backups and the results were shocking. Every backup job was completing three times faster using software-defined storage as the target storage.
RSD is also using DataCore software-defined storage to replicate critical data to its disaster recovery site in Peoria, AZ. This replication happens almost in real time, whereas before, it was held to a specific after-hours schedule, which presented the potential for significant data loss ramifications in the event of an emergency. With DataCore, once an order is placed it is over to the DR site within two seconds. In the event of a failure or natural disaster, copies of all critical data are ready to simply power on.
Furthermore, being able to run VMs on DataCore software-defined storage enables high availability on the servers. RSD’s IT environment changes so frequently, and DataCore makes the process of DR backup and restore seamless.
RSD connects all ESX servers to DataCore so if anything were to go down, for example, RSD can roll it over and power it up on another ESX because the back end is DataCore and it’s all connected—running on single storage from a single location. In a disaster scenario, ESX servers would be ready to be up and running in Peoria with a switch.