CAE S.p.A. Reduces Hardware Dependency, Energy Costs and Management Time with SvSAN

Bologna, Italy-based manufacturer, CAE S.p.A., originally used a traditional Storage Area Network (SAN) connected through SAS and fibre channel. The company wanted to update its environment with a split virtualized infrastructure in two separate rooms connected over a LAN to reduce overall costs, and remove any single point of failure. While DataCore and VMware vSAN were shortlisted as options to consider, CAE was compelled by StorMagic’s competitive price pointand successfully tested it first.

Following strategic consultations with distributor, Ready Informatica, and value-added reseller (VAR), 3CiME Technology, CAE replaced its traditional SAN with SvSAN in a two-node VMware vSphere cluster. The customer has reduced infrastructure complexity, power consumption and hardware rack space consumed by the previous solution, and the time required for a complete infrastructure reboot has been reduced by at least ten minutes. SvSAN is significantly more cost effective and eliminates any single point of failure.

“Our StorMagic SvSAN cluster was deployed and fully operational in less than two hours. We are able to remotely manage the entire system, which is a major improvement and time saver over traditional, physical SAN cluster management. CAE is saving space, money and time: we eliminated four rack units, reduced power supply requirements by at least two kilowatts and are experiencing much faster shutdown and startup times compared to our previous solution.”

—Fabio Prosperi, Systems Information Manager, CAE S.p.A.

Key benefits realized since installation include:

  • Reduced Hardware Costs—Eliminates physical SANs by converging compute and storage into a lightweight commodity x86 server footprint, thereby dramatically lowering costs.
  • Easy to Install—SvSAN can be deployed as a single server, simple two-node cluster, or multi-node cluster, with the flexibility to meet changing capacity and performance needs.
  • Energy Efficient—Software-defined SvSAN requires much less power and cooling resources than traditional, physical SANs. CAE SpA reduced its power supply requirements by at least two kilowatts.

StorMagic’s Channel Partner Program lets VARs open new revenue streams and secure new opportunities with its differentiated, low-cost hyperconverged solution. 3CiME Technology recommended and oversaw CAE’s StorMagic SvSAN implementation.

“3CiME Technology resells StorMagic SvSAN because it meets our customers’ requirements. SvSAN is the best hyperconverged solution and delivers high performance at a low cost. Our customers tell us that SvSAN is easy to use, implement and administer, and that its remote monitoring capability ensures business continuity in geographically distributed environments.”

—Massimiliano Ghirardi, technical director of 3CiME Technology

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