Thursday 4 December 2014

A2 Dominion Housing Group - Performance Improvements of Critical Apps with DataCore Software-defined Storage

UK Software-Defined Storage Customer Endorsements Span Any Hypervisor, Any Storage, Any Location 

DataCore, a leader in software-defined storage and Datashare Solutions,(Shift F7 Group) a DataCore go-to partner, are highlighting the momentum in the UK towards adoption of software defined-storage (SDS) solutions. Datashare Solutions has compiled a testimonial briefing pack outlining key buying criteria and customer adoption reasons.  

Shift F7 Group Marketing Manager, Sue Beckwith, explains more, “It’s been refreshing to compile this testimonial document as it really brings the ‘software defined’ experience to life. SDS has been much hyped of late, but as you can see from our customer endorsements, we have been successfully implementing DataCore’s software abstraction layer across any storage and on any hypervisor for many years now. It truly and flexibly stands the test of time.”
Company: A2 Dominion Housing Group - Performance Improvements of Critical Apps:
When one of the UK’s leading Housing Associations’, A2Dominion Housing Group, had a requirement to increase the performance of their core housing application and improve the recovery capabilities for the application in the event of a disaster, they engaged with Datashare Solutions for a solution. Their existing SAN was not able to deal with the high I/Os from replication and suffered a significant number of cache misses with an adverse effect on the performance of their critical applications for the users.
The existing hardware based SAN seemingly offered enough spindles for adequate disk performance, good capacity and RAID resiliency but was unable to cope with the load placed on it by the users. Installing DataCore SANsymphony software based storage, enabled the organisation to significantly increase their cache hits; increase server RAM and add a layer of high performance SSD. The solution also enabled near synchronous replication between A2Dominion’s primary and backup data centres, significantly reducing their RTO.
“There has been a marked improvement in application performance since the implementation – we were very impressed with the fact that we could improve performance and our recovery objectives with DataCore” Mark Prosser, Head of Service Delivery, A2 Dominion Housing Group
About Datashare Solutions (Shift F7 Group)Datashare Solutions are a DataCore Silver Solution provider. As part of the Shift F7 Group, they provide independent, expert advice on the most appropriate client, server, network, storage, business telephony and software solutions including hosted and managed services from our ISO27001 data centre. We maintain high level accreditations from the major IT manufacturers and robust service level agreements for our managed services.

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