The IT infrastructure at Hansen Industrial Transmissions supports engineering, manufacturing and office staff. It is based on VMware with Windows and Linux guests and on Oracle VM with SPARC Solaris.
The existing storage platform was no longer able to provide the performance the company needed to realize its business goals. In addition, the capacity of the existing SAN needed expanding. Floris Nackaerts, IT Manager, explains: “Fast data delivery is critical for us and poor I/O performance really started to impact our business. Nightly batch routines ran into mornings and users had to wait too long for their data. Backups also became
a problem. We had to increase the backup intervals and reduce the number of full backups to get them processed in time.”
The IT team at HIT started investigating alternatives for the existing storage network, which would meet its business requirements in terms of performance, capacity, manageability and budget.
After evaluating various solutions, the IT team selected the Pure Storage FlashArray X20. Herta Van den Eynde, ICT Technology Specialist at Hansen Industrial Transmissions, explains: “We selected this platform, because it is an all flash system, providing excellent performance. Furthermore, the platform supports VMware and SPARC Solaris, as well as Veeam backup from storage snapshots. In addition, the platform is easy to manage and provides impressive deduplication and compression capabilities.”
Proact was selected as the partner to deliver and implement the Pure Storage system at HIT. “With their expertise and knowledge, Proact proved to be the right party to deploy the system,” says Raf Vervecken, ICT Technology Specialist at Hansen Industrial Transmissions. He points out that the business has benefitted greatly from the new system. “All of the data was migrated on-line in just a matter of days, with no discernable
impact on business operations. Following the migration, users experienced a dramatic improvement in performance, so much so that they called the IT Service Desk because they were worried: surely, not all their data could be processed that quickly? Batch jobs that would take eight hours, now complete in less than four. Users can access data much faster, which helps accelerate business processes. In addition, managing the system is extremely easy with a very intuitive and user-friendly console.” Raf Vervecken adds that the Pure Storage FlashArray X20 has fully delivered on its promise about deduplication and compression, resulting in a 3.2 to 1 effective data reduction rate.
Floris Nackaerts concludes: “All in all, we have strongly lowered our business risk. Our data is more readily available and more secure because we can backup and restore much faster than before. We are very enthusiastic about the platform and the support from Proact. This was definitely the right choice.”
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