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iDataWorks, Inc. provides hosted, managed, and outsourced IT solutions with a focus on midsize businesses. The company specializes in Oracle solutions but is not exclusive to them.
To ensure the level of availability and scalability that its managed IT services clients need, iDataWorks required a highly extensible, efficient, and reliable storage environment. The company, therefore, built its environment on Oracle’s Sun storage technology. iDataWorks recently continued its commitment to Oracle when it deployed Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance as part of its two-year cycle for refreshing hardware. Using the new solution, iDataWorks consolidated its fiber-channel, block-level storage, and network-attached storage (NAS), significantly increasing performance and decreasing costs.
The implementation has exceeded the company’s expectations, increasing performance of its clients’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications by more than 35%, while delivering flexibility, as well as powerful analytics to streamline management.
iDataWorks replaces its hardware every two years. During the last round of storage replacements, it conducted an extensive six-month due diligence process and looked at market-leading solutions from Oracle, NetApp, EMC, HP, and others. “Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance came out on top of our due diligence process, head and shoulders above the rest—from pricing, to flexibility, to raw performance, to management costs, and capabilities,” said Skip Khasky, president, iDataWorks, Inc. “In fact, when we deployed the solution, we had clients call the very next day to comment on how fast their applications were running. The difference was immediately visible.”
The system also provides unique capabilities to eliminate silent data corruption, according to Khasky. “Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance is not just an appliance but a file system, as well. It answers a question no one else has addressed to date―that of silent corruption. The system checks and validates every block of data, leaving no chance for undiscovered corruption, which is essential for our business, in which we host payroll and financial applications and data.”
iDataWorks deployed its first Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance in just four hours, without partner assistance.