London, October 31, 2011 -
Gourmets with a passion for rice and risotto will know that one of
Europe's largest rice producers is based in Italy: Riso Gallo. A
synonym for high quality products, dedication to consumers'
preferences, and with a history of more than 150 years, the company
is still growing with product sales in more than 74 countries. Riso
Gallo values IT as a driver to transform market opportunities into
business. At its core is a virtualized infrastructure based on
NetApp storage to benefit from flexible and simplified workflows to
maintain product quality.
The company with the green rooster in its
logo was under pressure to solve performance, flexibility, and
reliability issues to meet business continuity for mission-critical
applications. Its server-attached storage infrastructure had seen
its best days. A technical refresh, designed and deployed together
with the NetApp partner ServerLab, was undertaken to meet the
growing demands of its customers and to secure the successful
market introduction of new products such as instant rice meals or
the new healthy product line.
"The need to move to a virtualized
environment was pretty clear. After an extensive market evaluation
we chose a NetApp FAS2000 series system as the storage foundation
for our new IT infrastructure", says SilvanaBortolin, head of
software projects at Riso Gallo. "NetApp's unified storage approach
was as compelling as its software portfolio, offering us the
flexibility and simplicity we missed previously. Furthermore, we
are able to manage our infrastructure without the need for
technicians or expert help."
The result of the IT consolidation at Riso
Gallo is a fully virtualized environment running VMware vSphere
with NetApp unified storage enabling 24x7 business continuity for
mission critical applications such as order collection and
processing from about 70 sales managers, harvest management and
purchase, sales automation and business intelligence. Compared to
the former solution with HP storage directly-attached to a Windows
server, Riso Gallo experienced an increase in quality in terms of
performance, reliability, ease of management and flexibility.
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