Case Study AT-A-GLANCEHolding Company invests in Imation Industry:InfiniVault™ Active Archive Storage ConstructionAppliance to save time and money Application: Document Imaging Optical ReplacementThe Colonial Company, headquartered in Montgomery,Alabama, is a privately owned diversified holding company Software: EMC ApplicationXtenderwhich invests in private and public businesses and managesoperating companies involved in real estate development and Benefits Realized:insurance. Founded in 1956, Colonial Company began building Expandable storagehomes in Montgomery with one company, Lowder Construction platform allows for futureCompany. It currently holds an investment in numerous projects data growth; WORMthroughout the Sunbelt states that include office buildings, capabilities ensure datasingle-and multi-family residential structures, shopping centers protection; reducedand malls, insurance companies, and a golf course. Over the maintenance and licensing costs; more efficient timepast half century, the insurance division has grown to be one of and budget management.Central Alabama’s leading full-service insurance brokerage andrisk-management firms.The SituationThe IT environment at Colonial Company is strictly a Windows domain withvirtual machines (Windows 2003 servers) running Citrix Xen Servers andtwo Dell servers set up as NAS. The company utilized an HP SureStoreOptical 220mx auto-loading optical jukebox to store its imaging data froman application that ran on an attached virtual server. According to RandyHouseholder, the vice president of IT, “There’s just more maintenance involvedwith the outdated optical jukebox—mechanical issues with the moving pieces,swapping out the tapes and having to keep everything rotated since thestorage size just wasn’t that much per cartridge.” Since the company recentlyexperienced a reduction of IT personnel, Householder needed to find astorage solution that would decrease the required maintenance for this legacyoptical equipment.The ChallengeColonial Company integrates ApplicationXtender with a Timberline accountingprogram to create images of accounts receivable and accounts payableinformation. Data images and screenshots generated by the accountingdepartment currently drive most of the company’s data growth. Additionally, thecompany images everything pertaining to warranty-related work associated withits residential construction division, keeping track of all costs and contracts.