Ever think about how quickly your home can fill with clutter? Not long. Eventually, you either have to purge or buy a bigger house. The same goes for data storage. Vision-Sciences, a leading medical device manufacturer specializing in endoscopy, was growing its business at a rate of at least 50% per year. To keep up, they simply added more storage. They threw more and more hardware at the problem. Before long, their data center was bursting at the seams.
Labhesh Potdar, Network Engineer at Vision-Sciences, recently sat down with us to explain the situation. He told us that with the data growth Vision-Sciences was experiencing, their old storage strategy just wasn’t viable or cost effective anymore. Their choices were either to invest heavily to build out their data center or find a way to shrink its IT footprint without impacting productivity.
Because products from HP and IBM proved too expensive, Vision-Sciences turned to EMC’s VNXe. The VNXe provided Vision-Sciences with the best price point, performance, ability to scale, and ease of management.
But, reputation was also important:
“A colleague told me a story about how a fire destroyed the EMC storage at her former company. EMC set them up with a brand-new system within 24 hours. Based on that, we were confident that EMC would provide us with great customer service regardless of our size.”
For a small company with limited IT staff, having an efficient and cost-effective storage environment is also a big deal. Vision-Sciences was easily able to install the VNXe using in-house staff and IT now spends 17% less time on storage management.
Since EMC storage is the leading choice for virtualization, Vision-Sciences was able to quickly virtualize its server environment with VMware and consolidate virtual machines onto the VNXe. This immediately eased the strain on the company’s computer room, shrinking its physical footprint and freeing up valuable space.
Performance and reliability have shown night-and-day improvements. For example, Web applications now run 50% faster on the VNXe than its previous infrastructure.
Because of these efficiency gains along with avoiding the cost of breaking down walls and adding servers for a computer room expansion, Vision-Sciences expects an ROI within 18 months.
Labhesh also noted, “EMC really showed us that they understand small businesses like ours. We get the same personal touch and level of service as if we were an enterprise-sized account.”
Vision-Sciences showed how easy it is to manage growth when you have the right technology. How have you found a way to manage rapid-fire data growth with limited resources?
Read more about Vision-Sciences here.