Friday, 20 February 2009

Statewide Title Chooses DataCore To Make Their Citrix XenServer Virtual IT Environment Highly-Available

SANmelody software has been selected and deployed at Statewide Title Company, Inc.

"The selection of DataCore was designed to pave the way for the Citrix XenServer implementation that we are now in the process of deploying," explained George Overstreet, systems administrator, Statewide Title, Company, Inc. "For purposes of ease of management, efficiencies and centralizing storage, we went with SANmelody."

"Our objective was simple. Update the hardware and maximize what we have - so that we did not just plunk down a lot of money for new hardware," explained Overstreet. "Statewide's parent company had just gone through a major server virtualization project so we knew just what could be achieved as far as consolidation and maximizing hardware resources. The key for us was achieving this virtualization project within an environment that is highly available to minimize downtime and outages - all of those goals led us to the need for a SAN."

DataCore SANmelody was also selected to enable Statewide Title to do reliable disk-to-disk backups, since its NAS device had been giving the firm inconsistent results. "We knew we needed something more reliable than the NAS device that was in place," continued Overstreet. "What we found was that DataCore was pivotal in enabling us to more easily do back-ups and for automating the routine, cumbersome and labor-intensive tasks associated with storage management."

For system administrator George Overstreet, the choice was clear. "With DataCore, you just have greater flexibility," he said. "It allows you to upgrade a whole lot easier. You are not constrained by the hardware - in fact you can grow your system however you want. And on top of this, with DataCore we can also meet all of our disaster recovery (DR) requirements as well - as far as off-site replication or even just fault-tolerance at a local level."

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