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Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on April 26, 2010 by Softchoice Advisor

NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to:

  • Use less equipment, resulting in decreased power and cooling requirements
  • Expand and contract the hosted data center as business demands dictate
  • Reduce their storage footprint and delay the purchase of extra storage
  • Provision servers and storage in minutes, instead of hours

A smaller footprint with superior performance

The Softchoice/NetApp solution enabled the Atlanta company to surpass its goal of reducing its data center footprint and costs by 50%. The company decreased the number of racks in the data center from 20 to 3 and will virtualize 280 physical servers.

“Already, we have gone from consuming almost 1,100 square feet down to 800 square feet in our hosted facility,” said a senior systems engineer and project manager with the company. “In 2010 we plan a further reduction to 600 square feet. All in all, we will move from 220 physical servers down to a few dozen and dramatically reduce our power consumption.”

Return on Investment within 13 Months

The decreased power and space consumption at the hosted facility is resulting in a rapid return on investment.
“We realized we would start recouping hard-cost returns from our NetApp, VMware and Cisco solution within 13 months,” the systems engineer also commented. “And we were understandably excited, but that doesn’t even factor in the soft-cost savings in IT administration, which we know are huge.”

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