27 abr DELL – Case
Gaining competitive advantage through storage standardization, AMT enhances the application and data replication platform by adopting DELL solution, allowing to expand its portfolio of services. The Challenge: After an incident at one of its data centers, AMT decided to improve its contingency strategy, including a continuity solution that would allow a fast return to operation.
The Solution: AMT standardized its data storage platform with the Dell™ EqualLogic solution, replacing equipment from several suppliers that did not meet the company’s need for continuity.
• Creation of reliable contingency solution
• Assurance of a quickly available IT environment in case of incidents
• Scalability gain and better performance
• possibility if data replication via hardware
• Offer of new replication service for clients
The Agência Moderna Tecnologia (AMT) was founded in 1994 with the mission of providing professional services and infrastructure so that clients can take advantage of IT resources with security, integrity, availability and efficiency.
For this, the company’s catalog includes four groups of services that can be hired together or separately. The first and oldest service is the rental and custody of physical servers, also known as colocation facilities. In this model, the client has the organized and robust infrastructure to receive their servers and applications.
Virtualization services make up the second group of services, with an environment based on high availability servers and replicated storage devices that are prepared to deliver solutions that offer high performance, availability, security, and scalability.
The third group of services covers IT service management and connectivity. AMT assumes responsibility for the client’s security and infrastructure, including connectivity between its different business units.
Governance is the fourth group of services in which AMT takes over the client’s ICT management, managing infrastructure and controlling suppliers, based on processes and through best market practices.
Bringing this catalog of services to the market requires a robust and, especially, highly available infrastructure. In 2012, an incident in one of the data centers used by AMT caused the company’s structure to remain 13 hours offline. “This experience has made us reevaluate our storage solution. We realized that we needed to improve our continuity solution,” recalls Marcio Lacs, Founding Partner of AMT. The moment also served as an opportunity to standardize the company’s data centers. Dell client for over ten years, AMT had migrated in 2007, its entire server park for Dell equipment. “These investments were very well done here,” recalls Marcello Pignataro, Technical Manager of AMT.
New AMT platform supports the company’s growth plans:
The company decided to migrate its entire storage park – which included equipment from multiple suppliers – to the Dell EqualLogic Storage Area Network (SAN) solution. According to Pignataro, the choice was made by the possibilities offered by the solution. “We realized that the performance of the Dell EqualLogic SAN was superior to that of many other technologies, and at a more attractive cost”. He points out that the solution was the one that showed the greatest capacity for growth, both in performance and in the volume of data to be stored, which was in line with the company’s business expansion strategy for the coming years. In addition, the Dell EqualLogic solution relies on native replication capabilities, allowing it to be done via hardware.
AMT has acquired the Dell EqualLogic SAN PS6110 10 Gbps solution specifically for the main and replication sites and the PS6500 model for higher capacity storage. The new 10 Gbps network of the new structure was assembled with Dell Networking 8024 switches. The design and implementation of the project was carried out by the Dell Consulting and Dell Implementation teams. In addition to data consulting, implementation and migration, the Dell team has trained and certified the AMT professionals who are responsible for the data center, and today the entire configuration and administration of the solution is carried out internally.
With the completion of this project, AMT has increased its portfolio of services. According to Márcio Lacs, “the Dell solution allowed us to offer a new service to the market: application and data replication for companies that use our data centers or have Dell EqualLogic storage with part of their infrastructure”. He states that AMT is one of the first companies in Brazil to offer data replication as a service.
Ensuring continuity and better performance increases competitiveness:
According to Lacs, “if we have an incident today, nothing will go offline because of the Dell EqualLogic architecture.” This continuity provides AMT with a great competitive advantage. He points out that the new platform brought growth opportunities for the company and made it possible to offer a new service to the market, also thanks to the Dell ProSupport service, which guarantees the solution of any problems without any impact on the company’s operation. In addition, also according to Lacs, “there was a tremendous performance gain, since the Dell EqualLogic solution is at least three times faster than the storage used in the previous model”.
Solution supports AMT’s future plans:
And the AMT’s plans do not stop there. The company expects to expand its storage capacity whenever it approaches the limit. And this has been happening quickly. Lacs says, “we have doubled our capacity in 2012 to 2013. Since the implementation, made two expansion purchases and have another scheduled for the end of the year”. For him, growth in demand comes from the growth in data usage, as well as the need to keep them in a secure environment.
The partnership with Dell should also be extended. The two companies work together on the High Performance Computing project, which will enable AMT to significantly increase the processing speed and provide a platform as a service (PaaS) for oil and gas companies.