Broshuis Moves to NetApp Storage Raising Data Availability and Reducing Cost

Dutch Trailer Company Drives Greater Efficiency in the Design Cycleand Accelerates Delivery Times

London, October 10, 2011 - Broshuis is celebrating 125 years in the business of making unique trailers tailored for special transports. Headquartered in Kampen, Holland, the company employs 150 people delivering around 1,000 trailers per year and operates offices and service centres throughout Europe. Like most mid-sized businesses, Broshuis is concerned with keeping overheads at a minimum and reducing management burden and costs, whilst maintaining the quality of its products, which have earned high recognition in the industry for both innovation and stability. To increase overall data availability and stay in control of their IT spend, Broshuis decided to move to an infrastructure built on a NetApp foundation.

Prior to NetApp, Broshuis' stored data on disparate servers, which had reached full capacity and proved inefficient in the recently deployed virtualized environment. Capacity bottlenecks and a lack of protection for critical data in the case of a server breakdown pushed Broshuis to rethink the storage solution. Data growth was also an issue. This was partly a result of a transition to digital archiving and to the increase of custom job orders.

Today, Broshuis deploys a NetApp FAS2020, which stores their critical CAD files, the heartbeat of the Broshuis manufacturing and maintenance processes, as well as the e-mail mailboxes and virtual machines. Their 5 HP servers were virtualized to a single VMware vSphere® server. NetApp Snapshot provides the data back up; NetApp Single Mailbox Recovery enables the recuperation of lost e-mails, from single to complete mailboxes.

Continuous and rapid data availability is an essential advantage of the solution. "The change was radical. Once the data was migrated to the NetApp system, access time was no longer a subject for complaint for all our users. By accelerating access to CAD data and plans, NetApp has contributed to greater efficiency in the design cycle and ultimately impacts shorter delivery times to customers. We also achieved that by only spending a third of what we had forecast in our budget. That's unbeatable", says Thierry Sollie, IT Manager at Broshuis.

"The NetApp foundation for the e-mail environment has been very effective in helping Broshuis transit to an efficient IT infrastructure that enables them to be agile, to grow with their business, to manage change and to focus on business without compromises," says Jeremy Wallis at NetApp.

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