NetApp® StoreVault™ Extinguishes Data Management Challenges for Maricopa Fire District
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 29, 2007 --
As the city of Maricopa, Arizona
experienced significant population growth, the local fire district
faced several challenges with the addition of new fire stations and
numerous personnel to expand their fire services. One of these
challenges was their explosive data growth. To help address their
data management needs, the Maricopa Fire District turned to
StoreVault, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) division, to improve the
availability, reliability, and scalability of their storage
For the Maricopa Fire District, instantaneous
information retrieval can be a matter of life and death. For this
reason, the IT team automated functions such as fire ground
command, pre-fire planning, building inspection records, and
personnel records. However, new challenges surfaced when staffing
grew 500% and file sharing needs and application requirements
increased from 250GB to 600 GB, or 140%, in 12 months.
The Maricopa Fire District realized that their
current infrastructure had significant limitations. Capacity
expansion was very difficult, because storage was direct attached.
Adding local storage to existing servers meant approximately 2
hours of downtime, and it also took up to 10 minutes to access
data. In addition, backup and disaster recovery were serious
problems and restores were slow-individual files took up to 60
minutes and server recovery a whole day. In a profession requiring
5-minute response times, this was unworkable.
"We needed a device that was expandable,
reliable, served at least 250 users, and could replicate data
across the network on a local government budget," said Ben Graff,
IT and communications director of the Maricopa Fire District. "We
also wanted file-serving support and block-level application
support for our blade servers. We were disappointed with the
overpriced solutions on the market and the added costs for
"The multiprotocol support, replication
ability, scalability, and performance of the StoreVault S500 were
exactly what the Maricopa Fire District was looking for," said
Chuck Griffin of QCM Technologies, a StoreVault reseller and
provider of strategic hardware and software solutions for small and
midsized businesses. "To have all these features and functionality
in a single all-in-one networked storage appliance is a huge
benefit for customers, especially at the affordable cost of the
"I am a hesitant shopper, and StoreVault came
along at the perfect time when I had exhausted all other avenues of
finding a useable solution," added Graff. "I've been especially
grateful for the simplicity of the solution. The interface is so
intuitive that anyone can have it dropped in their lap and use it.
StoreVault has really exceeded my expectations."
The Maricopa Fire District consolidated all
its file servers and moved application server storage onto the
StoreVault S500, providing quick and efficient storage expansion.
With a StoreVault S500 deployed in each of its new fire station
facilities, the IT department can now replicate data between sites
so that data is always available at an alternate location in case
of disaster. In addition, the StoreVault S500 eliminated
application server downtime during storage capacity expansion and
improved availability and reliability.
"Small and medium businesses face many of the
same challenges as larger enterprise customers," said Sajai
Krishnan, general manager of StoreVault. "The Maricopa Fire
District was hitting the wall with growing capacity demands,
availability and performance demands, and a lack of reliable backup
and recovery solutions. StoreVault was able to simplify data
management, deployment, and planning with one single solution
during the Fire District's hectic growth and resource demands. Now
their IT staff can focus on their continued growth plans rather
than putting out fires caused by their storage infrastructure."
The StoreVault S500 is a scalable all-in-one
networked storage appliance that is customized for SMBs at a price
point that can fit SMB budgets. With its intuitive Windows®
graphical user interface, the StoreVault S500 is easy to install
and simple to manage, while providing enterprise-class networked
storage functionality. The StoreVault S500 has been deployed across
a wide range of industries to solve the growing customer challenges
of data growth, data protection, and data management.
StoreVault, a NetApp division, is focused on delivering data
storage solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized
businesses. StoreVault combines enterprise-proven technology from
Network Appliance, a world leader in unified storage solutions for
today's data-intensive enterprise, with the scalability,
simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs.
Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available
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