This HA enabled VDC to consolidate multiple arrays into a single rack for easier management and cost savings without disruption. At the same time, VDC expanded its storage capacity with InfiniBox beyond 1PB to flexibly leverage storage as needed in support of the company’s growth strategy.
“We realized that, if we wanted to truly grow to the next level, we needed substantially more storage capability. We had requirements for speed and availability to access the storage as we need it and at a price that is simple to understand,” said Cole Thompson, president and CEO, VDC. “With the InfiniBox solution, we get the speed and high performance but at a lower cost.“
Steve Sullivan, EVP sales, North America, Infinidat, said: “The explosion of data usage among the customers of VDC and other MSPs has created a significant need to scale storage capacity while maintaining favorable economics, which our InfiniBox on-premises solution delivers. Treating our customers more as a partner, our service and support team has monthly calls with VDC to help our customer fully maximize the capabilities of our InfiniBox platform. The flexibility, predictability, lower TCO and ease of use that VDC has gained are what all our customers have come to expect from Infinidat.“
The transition to the InfiniBox storage platform supercharged VDC’s data centers in Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and Regina, Canada. As an IT solutions provider, VDC provides customers in Canada, the US and around the world with public and private cloud hosting, cloud backup, managed colocation and DR, among other services.
When VDC was first evaluating various storage suppliers, the company wanted to sell large amounts of storage space, so it needed to ensure differentiation and deliver a better value than the competition. It was increasingly open to a disruptive technology for the storage that is critical for its business. The performance, resilience, reliability, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and 100% availability of the Infinidat storage platform met the requirements and exceeded expectations.
“With Infinidat’s assistance, we were able to consolidate five or six other SANs into a single SAN. Instead of managing multiple, separate other SANs and managing firmware upgrades, we got everything upgraded to InfiniBox, which makes the administration much simpler and resulted in substantial cost savings,” said Thompson. “We also love how Infinidat allows you to pay as you grow. For us, we really like the idea of being able to buy the entire box and leverage storage as required, while having the predictability of knowing exactly what our budget was.“
Furthermore, VDC has benefited from the range of integrations and capabilities that Infinidat’s primary storage platform has with VMware and Veeam, including DR solutions and speed to support cloud hosting solutions. The company has also leveraged Infinidat’s snapshotting. This, according to VDC’s CEO, was another deciding factor to select Infinidat.