J&B Group Keeps it Rolling with NetApp Storage
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-February 10,
2010-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that J&B
Group turned to NetApp for its storage needs to support its
perishable foods production and distribution business. With NetApp
storage supporting its virtual infrastructure, this $600M company
keeps its inventory system online, keeps its delivery trucks
moving, and gets products onto customers' shelves faster, all while
reducing storage equipment and costs.
J&B Group was founded in 1979, with its
founder making all sales and deliveries himself. Since then, the
company has grown to provide wholesale, branded products; cold
storage; and transportation of meat, poultry, and deli food
products across 10 Midwestern states. In all, J&B Group has
more than 400,000 square feet of plant space and 3.6 million square
feet of refrigeration capacity, and its trucks cover over 4.4
million miles each year. Through this growth, the technological
challenge has been maximizing uptime for its inventory and
distribution system, which directs the complicated process required
to get products from warehouse to customer in less than 12 hours.
With perishable products, delays are unacceptable and J&B
Group's aging SAN infrastructure was no longer performing or
To help solve this problem, J&B Group
worked with Xigent Solutions, an authorized VMware consultant, and
Northland Systems, Inc., an IT solutions provider and NetApp
reselling partner. With help from these partners, J&B Group was
able to implement a NetApp® FAS system with 80TB of storage
running all critical systems. This system supports storage for both
Windows® file shares and the VMware® environment that is
made up of 58 virtual servers and more than 30 virtual desktop
clients. With an eye on maximizing uptime and business continuity,
J&B Group uses NetApp SnapMirror® to replicate data every
hour to another NetApp system in a disaster recovery site.
"NetApp provides the high availability and
fast backup and recovery time we need for business continuance,"
said Chuck Ballard, Network and Technical Services manager at
J&B Group. "Every week we ship millions of pounds of perishable
goods and a system failure can mean losing product, revenue, and
customers. We needed a storage infrastructure robust enough to give
us maximum uptime but also flexible enough to support and scale
with our virtual environment. NetApp not only protects our critical
business systems but our IT infrastructure can now also help our
business get to the next level."
Since installing NetApp storage to support
its virtual infrastructure, J&B Group maintained its main
objective of 100% uptime and kept costs to a minimum. The company
keeps its products moving without worrying about the system
bringing the trucks to a halt. NetApp's storage efficiency
technology helped increase utilization to 67%, and storage
requirements for VMware virtual servers went from 4.5TB to 1.5TB, a
66% reduction. Reliability and the immense savings have motivated
the company to also deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure.
J&B Group expects storage requirements to be roughly 400GB
instead of the 2TB-an 80% savings-thanks to NetApp deduplication
and replication technology.
"With our technology, we're helping our
customers protect their business and gain the flexibility to do
more with their infrastructure than they could before," said
Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at
NetApp. "J&B Group provides a great example of how our
virtualization and storage efficiency technologies can come
together to increase availability, reduce costs, and help move
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