Monday, 1 April 2013

Park Resorts Upgrades Data Center and Speeds up Application Performance Using DataCore Storage Virtualization Software and Dot Hill Solution

Park Resorts, the UK’s leading providers of family holidays with over 39 coastal parks, are using DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor solution running alongside Dot Hill’s Assured SAN Arrays to lead the great escape away from slow I/O speeds and unpredictable application responses.

Re-engineers the Park Resorts Storage Infrastructure with Performance, Agility and Scalability
Having successfully virtualized their server room with VMware some years prior, Park Resorts remain fully aware of the compelling benefits of virtualization to achieve higher service levels through reduced server overhead.
“Our key requirement was to ensure that we put in place a foundation that would not only deliver on our immediate requirements for increased performance and capacity, but would allow us to scale as the business applications, user demands and data sets all continue to grow in the future,”
states Ajay Patil he Infrastructure Manager responsible for the storage and virtualisation infrastructure.

NCE is the trusted advisor for Parks Resorts and they recommended installation of the latest version of the DataCore’s storage hypervisor with small factor, but high performance, Dot Hill arrays. As Ajay notes, affordability remained a critical acceptance item. “We had to maintain a balance between the features that we needed and the features that although were interesting and attractive, would simply never be used. Reassuringly, the approved solution retained a realistic TCO price point.”

Consolidation and reduction of resources:Even though Park Resorts had used virtualization for many years, the knock-on effect of consolidation of footprint, resources, and carbon efficiencies still resonates with the small form factor offered in the solution. Ajay comments, “Onsite, it’s about maximizing every foot of floor space and with the scalable 2U 24bay rack and the transparent software hypervisor layer reducing the need for additional storage hardware, we once again see that our footprint has been dramatically reduced. That’s a great feeling and a significant reduction in resources and ongoing management.”

And looking further afield, Ajay reflects: “With the new infrastructure, we have successfully taken Park Resorts into the next generation of virtualisation efficiency, overcoming the user issues of slower performance of our Microsoft SQL database and eradicating I/O bottlenecks in the process. We know that we have a scalable solution that meets all of our objectives both now, and in the future.”

For more information, please read the recent announcment.

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