EMC converged infrastructure with all-flash storage transforms IT into a proactive business enabler
VCE Block, including VMware vSphere virtualization, Cisco servers, EMC XtremIO all-flash array
Acquisitions overloading aging, failing infrastructure, Lack of scalability limited ability to implement new digital business initiatives
Transformed IT into business enabler, Reduced IT operating expenses, Positioned company for the future growth
EMC Account Manager Brian Vogler, worked with John Sharp, Vollrath Company IT Manager, to choose and implement the new VCE Vblock infrastructure. The Vblock includes VMware vSphere virtualization, Cisco servers, and the EMC XtremIO all-flash array. The company also deployed EMC data protection solutions.
“Every day used to be a firefight. Since bringing in EMC and VCE, our system admins operate more as business analysts. They work on improving group policy and finding ways to make things more efficient.”
Vblock enabled Vollrath IT to transform from reactive to proactive, allowing the company to shift its focus away from IT firedrills. The new IT has helped Vollrath launch several digital initiatives. With XtremIO performance and reliability and VMware scalability, the company can integrate new companies in a week.
Virtualization provided by the new infrastructure has reduced the number of physical machines to six blades, significantly lessening the data center footprint and power and cooling costs. The new infrastructure requires fewer administrators so staff can be deployed to strategic business initiatives.
Vblock will enable Vollrath to continue to handle growth and position it to create new databases, data warehouses, and data lakes, which the company can mine for strategic information. As a result, the company can gain more from its existing and future data.