Dell delivers virtualisation for Data Guard

Online business management software supplier Data Guard Systems has consolidated its backup database servers

Online business management software supplier Data Guard Systems has consolidated its backup database servers on its network with virtualised Dell servers to help reduce power consumption in its datacentre.

The new Dell hardware will replace Data Guard’s myriad backup database servers and storage devices and consolidate them into four servers and one storage-area network (SAN). Data Guard says the new setup is expected to reduce monthly utility costs by £5,400, slash power consumption by 80% and increase overall administrative productivity.

Data Guard Systems and Dell replaced 45 backup database servers with four Dell PowerEdge 6800 servers running VMware ESX virtualisation software. Massive amounts of data were also migrated from various storage devices onto a Dell/EMC CX500 SAN to simplify its management.

Dell Services was an integral part of Data Guard's migration to a consolidated infrastructure. "The Dell team prides itself on being a trusted adviser to enterprise customers who come to us to design and build their datacentres," comments David Marmonti, vice-president of Dell's preferred corporate accounts division.

"With the work completed for Data Guard Systems, they're now capable of handling their business expansion for years to come."

“Our new Dell and VMware solution is projected to reduce the power required by as much as 80%, and the resulting savings should be sufficient to pay for the new servers and software within a year," explains Timothy Maliyil, president of Data Guard Systems.

"And with the knowledge that we had avoided spending millions on power improvements at three distinct datacentres, everyone was pleased. We've had zero downtime with the new configuration, and the performance has been stellar."

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