Bimba Manufacturing and the City of Hartford Find the Path to Storage Efficiency with NetApp
Sunnyvale, CA - March 10, 2009
- Today, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced that Bimba
Manufacturing and the City of Hartford, Connecticut, have both
recently implemented NetApp® virtualization and data
deduplication solutions, realizing significant savings in storage
requirements, overhead, and power consumption.
Bimba and Hartford have benefited from new,
virtual environments, and no benefit has been so striking as the
storage efficiency. Thin provisioning using NetApp FlexVol®
and deduplication mean that Hartford is saving 50% on desktop
images. By buying, operating, and cooling fewer racks of disks,
Hartford has succeeded in its objectives of attaining cost
efficiency, storage efficiently, and working greener. By
eliminating 16 to 18 physical servers with direct storage, Bimba
estimates it has saved $70,000 in hardware and up to $16,000
annually in energy costs alone.
Bimba Manufacturing introduced the stainless
steel body cylinder over 50 years ago and has a product line today
that includes air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters,
rodless cylinders, flow controls, and position-sensing cylinders.
Bimba's challenge was integrating networks after acquiring another
company. Bimba faced the task of integrating new users,
consolidating several e-mail platforms to Microsoft® Exchange
2007, and finding a better way to manage storage space, all while
maintaining an international e-commerce that requires
around-the-clock availability. The company's current setup was not
up to the challenge.
"We can't afford downtime of any kind," said
Matt Nantais, network manager at Bimba. "The existing
infrastructure simply didn't give us the scalability, capacity,
redundancy, and manageability we needed for a failsafe,
enterprise-wide Exchange deployment."
Bimba Manufacturing partnered with Cyberklix,
a managed services provider, for help with its platform migration
and storage scalability needs. Bimba hired the Cyberklix team for
their industry-wide recognition as virtualization experts, and
XenServer and NetApp were a natural fit for the project.
Cyberklix's expert team helped design a virtualized infrastructure
with a Citrix XenServer and NetApp storage. The XenServer platform
includes the Citrix Storage Delivery Services Adapter for NetApp
Data ONTAP®, a jointly developed, certified solution that
streamlines management and provisioning. Bimba now has a NetApp
FAS3020 with eight blades running approximately 30 virtual servers.
NetApp and Citrix technologies support all Bimba's critical
systems, from Citrix XenApp and XenCenter to Microsoft
Windows®, Exchange, SharePoint®, SQL Server®, and
"Like many cities, Connecticut's Capital City
needed to cut costs while still improve services and support for
both the city and the school system's needs," said Hartford Mayor
Eddie A. Perez. "We continue to look for ways to go green, and
NetApp helped us cut energy costs and consumption."
"Partnerships like this are the most
effective ways of achieving both our information and energy goals,"
added Chief Information Officer Eric Jackson.
"NetApp has features such as thin
provisioning and disk deduplication that allow us to conserve as
much storage space as possible," said Jonathan Shevis, Metro
Hartford Information Services Server Systems manager. "That allows
me to put as much as I can in the space I have. Both in terms of
our city's green initiatives and in these times, stretching the
dollar is of paramount importance."
The City of Hartford has a longstanding
relationship with the Ergonomic Group (EGI), a full service
solutions provider, which is what led the city to move to NetApp
virtualization to solve its storage needs. The Ergonomic Group
suggested a VMware® and NetApp environment for server and
desktop virtualization, largely on the strength of deduplication
and NetApp multiprotocol support. A large deciding factor in the
City of Hartford's choice for choosing the Ergonomic Group was its
ability to have the entire project executed by one engineer with
skills in both NetApp and VMware implementations. With NetApp,
Hartford can now store a single copy of a virtual server or desktop
and replicate it as needed. Hartford now runs over 40 virtual
servers and over 80 virtual desktops from one NetApp FAS3020.
While the NetApp system provided simplicity
and storage efficiency to Hartford, there were additional benefits
in speed and flexibility. After the system was installed, the city
suddenly needed significantly more storage for its MUNIS financial
application. The FAS3020, while already serving police, fire,
education, and Web services, was provisioned to support over 3.5TB
of new storage. MUNIS users reported performance improvements.
"Now we work from a single console to
provision and administer both servers and storage," said Nantais.
"In the past, allocating storage to a user or application might
have required changing out drives or migrating data. Now the
process is fast and uncomplicated."
"Regardless of if you're in manufacturing or in the public sector,
all organizations today face similar storage issues," said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "Both
Bimba Manufacturing and the City of Hartford are prime examples of
how organizations can cut overall costs by storing more with less
disk using NetApp virtualization and deduplication
For more information about NetApp storage
efficiency and to see how much you can save using NetApp's Storage
Efficiency Calculator, visit www.netapp.com/us/company/leadership/storage-efficiency.
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