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Client Story

Global Marketing Company Builds on Converged Infrastructure

With pressure to refocus IT operational resources to other areas of the business, a global leader in the design and implementation of loyalty programs developed a strategic long-term plan to move to a flexible converged infrastructure platform.

Global Marketing & Retail Analytics Company

Toronto

Marketing/Advertising

Objective

Consolidate disparate systems in the customer environment, supporting the long-term strategy of virtualized cloud infrastructure.

  • Implementation of EMC Isilon to manage storage and file sharing.
  • EMC XtremIO All-Flash array deployment.
  • Data centre consolidation and move into co-located facilities
  • EMC Isilon
  • EMC XtremIO

Approach

Scalar has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with this client, acting as a strategic IT advisor and ‘go-to’ partner for architecture, design, and problem solving. A few years prior, a plan was developed to replace aging equipment and introduce a converged infrastructure to centralize the management of IT resources and consolidate systems. Converged infrastructures combine server, storage, and networks into a single framework, helping to improve the economics of running the data centre and achieve better business outcomes, faster. “We worked with the client to develop a cohesive strategy that would allow them to select the best unified computing platform for their business,” said Scalar’s Director of Business Development. A number of different vendor solutions were compared and rated through a formalized RFP process. The client selected the VCE Vblock system that integrates technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware.

We worked with the client to develop a cohesive strategy that would allow them to select the best unified computing platform for their business.

Director of Business Development
Scalar Decisions

EMC Isilion, EMC XtremIO

“We worked with the client to develop a cohesive strategy that would allow them to select the best unified computing platform for their business.”

Solution

After implementing Vblock, the company has continued to build on this foundation. They collapsed the aging storage and server environments, removing old, single purpose equipment and replacing it with EMC Isilon and XtremIO. The IT team benefits from no longer having to manage disparate environments. “The addition of Isilon and XtremIO helps them simplify management as support falls under the VCE umbrella,” said Scalar’s National Infrastructure and Cloud Team Lead.

Part of the company’s long-term plan involves the move from internally owned data centres to outsourced facilities, and ultimately to virtualized cloud infrastructure. They have consolidated, moving to co-located facilities, and are slowly moving out of physical environments and into a virtual cloud environment. This project was a greenfield approach – everything was deployed in net new data centres.

EMC Isilon

The aging storage environment was replaced with Isilon, which provides flexible, ultra-high performance scale-out NAS storage. The client is now able to consolidate, manage, and protect unstructured data for a wide range of workloads.

EMC XtremIO

Replacement of adhoc servers and SSD’s (solid state drives) with XtremIO consolidated the functionality into the VCE platform. The all-flash array deployment helps the client keep up with application service levels, complex workflows, and sprawling infrastructure and support costs. They now have a single VCE platform to manage the traditional compute, the virtualized environment, and specialty solutions that they were using point solutions for previously.

The client is now able to consolidate, manage, and protect unstructured data for a wide range of workloads.

 

Outcome

The selection of the Vblock platform helped lay the groundwork for the successful storage deployment. “We strive to understand our client’s needs and make recommendations that work in terms of return on investment, internal capabilities and future plans. This was a smooth deployment, in large part due to the strategic roadmap that was put in place with the converged infrastructure deployment,” said Scalar’s Director of Business Development.

Benefits

  • Developed an IT strategy and platform recommendation.
  • Replaced aging storage equipment.
  • Reduced the pressure on internal IT workforce.
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