Storwize delivers up to 80 percent improvement in storage capacity utilization; allowing Internet Service Provider, iBurst, to defer immediate storage purchases
MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Storwize, the leader in real-time data compression for primary storage, today announced that iBurst (Pty) Ltd, a leading South African internet service provider (ISP), has been using Storwize appliances to significantly increase its storage capacity efficiency by up to 80 percent for its disaster recovery environment. Storwize has enabled iBurst to significantly reduce its storage costs by deferring additional storage purchases.
“Storwizeâ€™s real-time data compression enables businesses to save on costs and enhance their storage infrastructures to gain a greater ROI on their systems and applications investments.”
In 2008, iBurst consolidated its storage infrastructure onto NetAppÂ® network attached storage systems, combined with a pair of Storwize real-time data compression appliances to dramatically reduce its overall storage costs. iBurstâ€™s ultimate goal was to reduce the amount of money it spent on physical hard drives to store the large amounts of backup data being created from its UNIXÂ® system logs. iBurst also used this optimized storage platform for mail stores for both end consumers and commercial customers, as well as to introduce new services such as online gaming (iGame) and backend services to its partners. Storwizeâ€™s real-time data compression supports iBurstâ€™s multiple application environments, such as iBurstâ€™s CDR recording, event logging, and email applications without any modifications to the applications themselves, enabling iBurst to quickly offer its customers new services.
Storwize is the only company that offers real-time, random access data compression of primary storage. Through the implementation of its Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology, Storwize appliances can reduce storage utilization by up to 80 percent and dramatically reduce the overall cost of storage.
Through its research into storage compression technologies, iBurst found that no other vendor could compress its large volumes of data as well as Storwize could. Storwize appliances enabled iBurst to gain up to an 80 percent improvement in its disaster recovery storage efficiency and to save significant costs in additional storage purchases for that environment, a savings that can be passed onto its customers. iBurst also found its IT infrastructure was running more efficiently and enabling more productivity and responsiveness from its employees in supporting customers, a benefit that is invaluable to iBurst.
The efficiency of iBurstâ€™s optimized storage infrastructure resulted in a growing customer base and new requirements for resiliency against site failures. This prompted iBurst to upgrade its production and disaster recovery environment to NetAppâ€™s FAS3170 MetroCluster and the latest generation of Storwize appliances to support that high availability environment. The Storwize appliances allow iBurst to replicate its mission critical data more easily and cost-effectively. This upgrade enables iBurst to deliver a new level of scalability and reliability in delivering services to its growing base of customers.
iBurst plans to deploy the Storwize appliances within its OracleÂ® database and VMwareÂ® environments. iBurst estimates that Storwizeâ€™s high performance real-time data compression appliances will reduce its Oracle database response time by as much as 80 percent. iBurst has also implemented a virtualized VMware server environment and expects to see as much as a 75 percent improvement in access time with the new NetApp and Storwize storage infrastructure. iBurst also credits Storwize for having a â€œplug and playâ€ appliance, that is fast and easy to deploy and manage, and praised the Storwize support staff for their responsiveness and expertise.
â€œStorwize is enabling us to be more responsive to our customers and provide them with faster, more reliable service at a lower cost,â€ said Ian Rimmer, senior core IT engineer, iBurst. â€œStorwize is reducing our storage costs and making us more efficient and productive, which dramatically increases our overall ROI. Also, the Storwize solution is rock-solid; you can install it and forget about it.â€
â€œiBurst is an excellent example of a dynamic enterprise that can pass its success in optimizing its IT infrastructure onto its customers in terms of overall savings and customer service,â€ said Steve Kenniston, vice president of technology strategy, Storwize. â€œStorwizeâ€™s real-time data compression enables businesses to save on costs and enhance their storage infrastructures to gain a greater ROI on their systems and applications investments.â€
On July 29th, IBM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Storwize. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Storwize provides online storage optimization through real-time data compression, delivering dramatic cost reduction without performance degradation. Based on its Random Access Compression Engine (RACE), Storwize appliances transparently compress primary storage by up to 80 percent without changes in performance, storage, applications, networks, or processes. RACE ensures that Storwize appliances deliver real-time random access and deterministic, lossless data compression to maintain reliable and consistent performance and data integrity. Storwize helps slow the growth of storage acquisition and related storage life-cycle costs, including reducing the amount of storage to be managed, powered, and cooled. Storwize is headquartered in Marlborough, Mass with offices worldwide. Storwize, optimize without compromise. Visit www.storwize.com
iBurst (Pty) Ltd is the one of the largest wireless broadband operator in South Africa and has been in operation since May 2005, servicing end consumers and hosting commercial customers. WBS Holdings (Pty) Ltd was established in 1999 and owns 100 percent of Wireless Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd and iBurst (Pty) Ltd. Visit www.iburst.co.za
Storwize and the Storwize logo are trademarks of Storwize Inc.iBurst is a registered trademark of iBurst (Pty) Ltd.IBM is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.NetApp is a registered trademark of NetApp Inc.VMware is a registered trademark of VMware,Inc.All other product and service names might be trademarks of their respective owners.
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