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True storage virtualization with a fluid data architecture

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Compellent customer, Cross Country Home Services, talks about their disaster recovery strategy, VMware integration, delivering performance to an Oracle database, retaining files for compliance and …

Compellent customer, Cross Country Home Services, talks about their disaster recovery strategy, VMware integration, delivering performance to an Oracle database, retaining files for compliance and scaling the storage as they grow.

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  • Products: Home warranty, services and emergency assistancePeople: 500 Total employees, number on 33 IT teamLocations: Florida, Georgia and SC officesStats: 2,000 associates, serving more than 200 corporate clients and their more than 50,000,000 customers.
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  • 1. True storage virtualization with a fluid data architecture
  • 2. Chuck matuliksenior managernetwork, systems and Telecom
    2
  • 3. Under cross country’s roof
    LOCATIONS
    PEOPLE
    PRODUCTS
    STATS
  • 4. It: the foundation of our biz
    ANDERSON, SC
    12 TB
    ATLANTA, GA
    40 TB
    MPLS
    SUNRISE, FL
    40 TB
    SEBRING, FL
  • 5. blueprinting something better
    SECURING DATA against a disaster
    OPTIMIZING VMWARE investment
    DELIVERING PERFORMANCE to Oracle database during heavy transaction times
    RETAINING files cost-effectively over long periods for compliance
    SCALING OUR STORAGE as databases grow
  • 6. top 4 storage requirements
    1)
    Scalable, dynamic architecture
    2)
    Truly virtual storage
    3)
    Intelligent automation
    4)
    Thin replication
  • 7. Scalable, dynamic architecture
    Dynamic virtualized servers
    • Mix of Windows Server 2008, Linux
    • 8. Windows, Oracle Enterprise Linux, vSphere 4
    • 9. 200 virtual servers
    Single-platform storage solution
    • Mix of FC and SATA drives
  • TRUE END-TO-END VIRTUALIZATION
    VMware server virtualization
    Compellent Advantage
    Grown added 120 servers without any additional floor space, cooling or power
    Booting VMware from Compellent SAN
    Compellent storage virtualization
    • Maximizing redundancy, performance with iSCSI connections
    • 10. Eliminated need for volume pre-allocation
    • 11. Reduces time spent provisioning new volumes
  • Intelligent automation
    What we’re automating
    Compellent sub-LUNtiering
    New files RAID 10 to outermost tracks
    Older contracts to lower tiers, RAID
    Most data in Tier III
    VmwarevMotion
    Scripting
  • 12. Thin snapshots, nimble replication
    Compellent and VMware team to recover from failure
    • Compellent recovers data from most recent snapshot
    • 13. VMware brings up virtual machine on different physical server
    Off-site replication
    • Users can immediately start operating off back-up SAN
    • 14. Drive and connection types don’t have to mirror primary SAN
  • results
    Performance Improvements
    Boosts performance of key applications
    Reduces month-end processing from 3 days to 8.5 hours
    Reduced time and money
    Automated day-to-day tasks
    Cuts annual spending for high-speed drives
    Proactive, ultra-efficient IT staff
    Higher availability
    Reduced downtime
    More secure, faster data recovery
    Increases capacity at the backup site from 30 percent of production to 100 percent