Central recommended the Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 with PRIMERGY RX2540 servers to support Laltex’s 120 users. The software would deliver impressive IOPS performance with lowest latency even at full load. It offered a solution that resolved all performance issues in critical applications, including real-time business analytics and VDI environments, without requiring any complicated tuning, making it easy to manage.
The software was modular and expandable, so it could be easily scaled to support Laltex’s continued growth. Fujitsu also provided a guarantee that the technology would be immediately replaced if anything went wrong.
Laltex ran its existing SAN in parallel with the new Fujitsu ETERNUS AF250 for 10 weeks while it gradually migrated its data and applications. The company was able to take its proof of concept device and replicate it in a live environment, which made the migration process much faster and simpler.
Using the ETERNUS AF250, Laltex is now able to take a snapshot of its virtual machines and clone them across its three Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2540 servers in a matter of minutes, not hours. Log-in times have reduced dramatically while the functionality of key tasks has also reduced significantly, in some cases by 75 percent. All of this combines to make users more productive while reducing the burden on the IT team. With only 12 of the Fujitsu ETERNUS AF250 24 bays currently occupied, it will be easy for Laltex to add cost-effective additional storage capacity as and when it is needed.
Its management overhead has reduced considerably because the Fujitsu servers and storage are significantly more reliable and much simpler to operate with in-built automated quality of service. While performance has improved exponentially, making applications faster and more responsive.
To test exactly how much performance had improved by, Central carried out a number of benchmarks against the previous SAN which showed the Fujitsu ETERNUS AF250 outperforming the old system by approximately twenty times due to latency reducing from 200ms to 5ms.
“Business continuity is important to us and this Fujitsu solution has given us a robust, high-performing platform that ensures continuity across the business.” Paul Bentley, IT Manager, Laltex.
- Virtual machines cloned in minutes instead of hours
- Key tasks completed up to 75% faster
- Latency reduced from 200ms to 5ms