Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Gains 40% Performance Increase with Gridstore HyperConverged Appliances, Reduces Live Migration Times by 50% and Eliminates Boot Storms
Mountain View, Calif. – July 29, 2015, Gridstore®, a leader in hyper-converged all flash infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center today announced that the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (YPIT), one of Northern Arizona’s largest employers, has chosen the Gridstore HyperConverged All-Flash Appliances to address their challenge of finding a Hyper-V solution that would address performance and fault tolerance issues.
The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe is home to a 162-room resort, two casinos, a business park and shopping center. With visitors coming from around the world, the IT manager, Chad Dixson, is serious about providing 24×7 availability with fast performance across its data network. The YPIT required an easily scalable Hyper-V solution with a small footprint, maximum performance and fault tolerance. With many business units, each requiring its own finance system, the YPIT has various structured and unstructured systems supporting the day-to-day operations, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL and SharePoint services, along with traditional file services and a number of support systems, such as Microsoft Active Directory Services and System Center.
YPIT was also seeking a solution to reduce or eliminate the crippling effect of virtual machine (VM) boot storms which occurred during a monthly maintenance window when servers were updated and patched. Previously, it could take 30-45 minutes per host to complete the reboot of the VMs but with the Gridstore HyperConverged Infrastructure solution, YPIT can start every VM on the host at the same time and every server is up and running in well under 60 seconds.
Once the Gridstore HCAs were installed, YPIT concluded that the solution was very robust and able to handle their entire workload “without breaking a sweat”. The all-flash-based HCAs provide very high performance especially when compared to their previous, spindle-based storage solution. With Gridstore they estimate a doubling of performance over their legacy storage and an increase of approximately 40% when compared with their Microsoft Server 2012 stand-alone hosts. YPIT has also seen Live Migrations time lowered by 50%.
According to Chad Dixson, IT Manager, Yavapi-Prescott Indian Tribe, “Gridstore’s all-flash solution erased all of our issues and beat the competition on performance, fault tolerance, and prices. As far as I’m concerned, Gridstore’s HCA is perfect for everybody.”
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Gridstore™ is the leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. Our customers gain a 10X performance improvement over traditional storage as we put all-flash as close to the workload as possible. They realize 4X lower TCO by consolidation of three layers of infrastructure into one built on X86 hardware, and 10X less management effort due to less management points and less infrastructure to manage. Gridstore’s HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) include both compute and storage in a single system with the flexibility for nodes being compute and storage or storage only and can scale from a minimum of three nodes to 256. Gridstore’s patented software architecture delivers native Windows integration, per-VM I/O control, and elastic and independent scaling of resources. The Gridstore HCA is an ideal platform for infrastructure refreshes and specific Windows workloads such as VDI, SQL Server, Private Cloud, and ROBO. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. and its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers.
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Douglas W. Gruehl