Deeley Harley Davidson has their motor running while eliminating 40% of their physical servers with virtualization from Microsoft. As the exclusive distributor of Harley-Davidson® and Buell™ motorcycles, parts, accessories, and apparel in Canada, the staff at Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is in constant communication with Harley-Davidson® in the United States, an array of parts and accessories suppliers, and the network of over 70 authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailers across Canada.
The value that Deeley’s IT team brings to the business is measured in a couple of ways: effective maintenance of the systems and services that the organization relies on and the ability to provide timely and cost-effective technology that supports strategic enhancements. As the business grew, the IT team was spending less time on those strategic enhancements.
With a need for a more robust DR plan, the team also decided that the time was right for a Microsoft Hyper-V deployment for virtualization. The Deeley IT team consolidated their Window’s storage on four Dell EqualLogic PS6000E iSCSI SANs. The Deeley team also used the snapshot and auto-replication features of the SANs to establish a strong disaster recovery infrastructure. With the SAN arrays in place, the Deeley IT team turned its attention to the company’s fleet of Windows servers and started a virtualization and consolidation project running Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization software on Dell PowerEdge M610 blade servers in a Dell PowerEdge M1000e enclosure. “It’s become apparent that Microsoft is a significant player in the virtualization space, and as more and more of our server solutions are certified to work on Hyper-V, we want to be ready to take advantage.”- Brent Husband, manager, Systems Architecture, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada
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