Impulse Advanced Communications - Nexenta Case Study


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Case Study regarding Impulse Advanced Communications' NexentaStor-based data storage deployment. This document is intended to complement the Nexenta Webinar titled: "Increasing Business Value Through High-Availability Technology"

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Impulse Advanced Communications - Nexenta Case Study

  1. 1. NexentaStor™ Use Case:Impulse Advanced Communications leverages NexentaStor to manage high-availability infrastructure.Business Overview Business ImpactImpulse Advanced Communications ( is a service provider ➡ High-availabilitythat designs voice and data networks that prepare companies for growth. active-active fail-overFor over 15 years Impulse has helped businesses gain a technological to ensure data accessadvantage by designing, implementing, and managing advanced around the clockcommunications networks that enable a geographically unbound workforce.Their services include FailSafe Internet Access, hosted VoIP, managed ➡ Rich feature-set thathosting, and network design. tops legacy storage solutionsChallenges ➡ Cost-effective scalabilityAs a company specializing in a variety of IT services, it is imperative that Impulse’s internalinfrastructure is sound and has robust data management tools available. Like many other ITservice providers, Impulse was originally a customer of legacy storage vendors. Impulsestarted with the NetApp® Filer, however Impulse quickly out-grew capacity and, when itcame time to expand, Impulse faced a hefty price tag.After its experience with NetApp, Impulse decided to try a different service provider:EMC®. Impulse deployed the EMC NS352 Celerra to manage their data storage needs. SoonImpulse discovered, however, that EMC’s technology had some technological short-comings.For example, the EMC NS352 maxed out with 2 GB/secthrough put, resulting in networking bandwidth that was toolow.When they calculated they would also max out their existingstorage, Impulse decided to evaluate other storage solutionsthat would mitigate costs and provide better, more robust datamanagement software than the technology offered throughNetApp and EMC.Solution OverviewNexentaStor is the leading storage platform built upon the ZFS
  2. 2. system. After consulting with Pogo Linux – a Nexenta Certified Partner – to consider “To meet our storagealternative storage technologies, Impulse selected the pre-configured and pre-tested Pogo growth, we had toStorageDirector Z2 HA Cluster SAN solution – certified for NexentaStor Enterprise – to upgrade our existingimplement a business continuity strategy that’s ready to be deployed in hours, not months. EMC appliance.Below are some highlights of Impulse’s use of NexentaStor: However, we chose to replace EMC with✦ Data is Highly Accessible: As an IT service provider, high-availability data storage is NexentaStor instead. Nexenta provided best- a must for Impulse. It’s important to make data accessible to Impulse customers around in-class features and had the clock. NexentaStor supports high availability storage and Impulse trusts that their superior performance information will be available no matter where or when it’s accessed, who needs to compared to the EMC access it, or what device is used to do so. appliance.” -Jessie Bryan, Dir. of Systems✦ Applications Hosted from Two Datacenters: Impulse has deployed two Engineering at Impulse datacenters from remote locations, one of which being a Nexenta HA deployment. The Advanced Communications two systems are connected to a single JBOD with active-active configuration.✦ VMware® ESX: Since virtualization is a tool often used by Impulse, it was important that their storage solution support VMware-based activities. Impulse’s ConfigurationNexentaStor BenefitsNexentaStor helps enterprise customers implement cost-effective, high performance storageby taking advantage of NexentaStor features like in-line de-duplication, unlimited snap-shots, Pogo Storage Director Z2 HAthin provisioning, and high availability clustering. Below are some NexentaStor benefits which Cluster SAN solution, a pre-apply to high-availability use cases like Impulse’s: tested and pre-configured Nexenta certified high- availability storage solution✦ Eliminating a single point of failure with ‘active-active’ fail-over to a standby system. from Pogo Linux featuring:✦ Establishing fail-over groups and implement highly cost-effective disaster recovery NexentaStor • Version 3.0.4 • HA Cluster Plug-In✦ Achieve zero data loss and downtime with half the complexity of other storage solutions • 24TB box and an expansion license✦ Automate and non-disruptively test fail-over/fail-back 18 web, email, database servers✦ The option to set up manual and automated fail-over of critical applications and services for: in a clustered environment. • 250 Servers • 5,000 websites • 10,000 Zimbra Mailboxes • Zimbra Nightly Backups About Nexenta Nexenta, NexentaStor™ Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., has and NexentaOS™ are Nexenta Systems, Inc. developed NexentaStor™, the leading OpenStorage licensed trademar ks of 444 Castro Street, Suite 320 enterprise class storage solution and sponsors NexentaCore, Nexenta Systems, Inc. All Mountain View, CA 94041 USA an operating system that combines the high performance and other trademarks are the + 001 877.862.7770 reliability of OpenSolaris with the ease of use and breadth of proper ties of their applications of Linux. Both solutions leverage the revolutionary respective owners. 12-9-10 file system ZFS.