I recently spent a day at the Great Little Box Company (GLBC) company headquarters in Vancouver, Canada for an illuminating, first-hand look into how the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX can have a profound effect on a medium-sized business. This award-winning, family-owned and operated company provides customers with a single source for all packaging and shipping supplies—from corrugated boxes to folding cartons and protective packaging. GLBC customers range from consumer goods producers to aerospace manufacturers.
The company is growing rapidly and needed a better way to respond to customer demands, create innovative designs, improve production efficiency, and precisely manage inventory and deliveries.
To meet these needs, GLBC turned to their long-time partner, Dell EMC. The Dell EMC team spent time with the company leaders to better understand the group’s unique challenges and requirements and develop a solution to meet their needs now and into the future. The teams realized that in order to support the company’s growth requirements, GLBC needed major performance enhancements to the existing multi-vendor IT infrastructure.
The manufacturer looked at various options including HPE and IBM before choosing the PowerEdge MX platform. This integrated, modular solution enabled GLBC to upgrade not only its computing, but also other critical data center assets including storage and networking resources in the same chassis.
“Dell EMC PowerEdge MX was the best fit for us,” said IT Manager, Sorel Apreutesei. “PowerEdge MX has delivered performance increases of up to 100 percent—for both our ERP implementation and other key applications. We rely on it day to day to streamline our business processes from sales to the factory floor. We’re excited that we can grow into the solution and stay with it over the next five to seven years.”
With its previous infrastructure consisting of standalone servers and storage, GLBC also faced increasing power and cooling demands. “With everything in the same box, PowerEdge MX substantially decreases our power and cooling costs and enhances our commitment to sustainability,” adds Apreutesei.
With Dell EMC OpenManage Modular and iDRAC, the rollout was greatly simplified, providing E2E visibility from a single pane of glass
“Our entire focus is to provide customers with absolutely the best packaging products that support their vision and business,” says Doree Quayle, Vice President of Sales. “We have to make sure that we’re evolving alongside our customers. That’s where our new ERP system and PowerEdge MX come into play—ensuring that our people have the tools needed to do their jobs.”
Check out the Great Little Box Company case study for complete details on their upgraded IT infrastructure, and the crucial role the PowerEdge MX plays in it.