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Muneris Selects JetStor® Solutions to Anchor Private Cloud on Pacific Island


THE ORGANIZATION

Muneris IT Consulting is a small, ten year-old IT firm that specializes in IT architecture and integration, networking, virtualization, and data storage. With a mission to satisfy its customers, the firm sells value-added IT infrastructure solutions that are effective and easy to maintain.

Muneris would be like many highly professional value-added solutions providers except for one thing. The company is located Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, an archipelago 750 miles east of Australia. New Caledonia spans 7,172 sq mi divided into the North and South Provinces on the New Caledonian mainland, and the Loyalty Islands Province, a series of islands off the mainland. New Caledonia has one of the largest economies in the South Pacific, with a GDP of approximatly US$10 billion. 

THE CHALLENGE

A large New Caledonian government agency needed to modernize its storage infrastructure. For years, it had been storing over 300 terabytes of data on storage-area-networks (SANs) at two production sites. Its legacy storage solutions, however, were aging and relied on traditional spinning disks. 

The agency wanted to increase the performance and capacity of its storage infrastructure. Doing so would future-proof its storage to keep pace with new applications and growing volumes of data that needed to be saved. It decided that all-flash arrays would meet its needs, but only if the solutions were cost-effective.

The agency also was concerned about future support for its IBM Tivoli Storage Manager it deployed for data backup and recovery. As a result, it sought a new solution to protect its data. 

The agency issued a public tender for its needs and companies like IBM, Nimble Storage, and Dell responded. The customer already used an AC&NC JetStor 1600S NAS platform, so Muneris thought it could make a superior offer by partnering with AC&NC. 

“AC&NC proved once again that value and performance are universal winners, even on islands in the Pacific Ocean,” said Florian Falconnet, co-manager of Muneris IT Consulting. 

THE SOLUTION

JetStor XF2026D All-Flash Arrays from AC&NC

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

• Two JetStor XF2026D All-Flash Arrays, each with 19 3.8TB SAS solid-state drives

• One JetStor NAS 1600S Unified Storage System

DataCore SANsymphony-V software

BENEFITS IMMEDIATELY REALIZED

Thanks to the partnership between AC&NC and Muneris, New Caledonia’s government agency met all of its needs. The agency maintains two separate but similar data centers and deploys a JetStor XF2026D All-Flash platform at each. The solutions deliver outstanding performance to support databases, web servers, file servers, and other applications required for efficient governance well into the future.

“In addition to the sizzling performance of the JetStor XF2026D arrays, the systems were also the most affordable of all the bids,” said Falconnet. “They’re the foundation of the agency’s private cloud and complement its JetStor NAS 1600s Unified Storage System that’s used for video editing at its communication/marketing department.”

The JetStor XF2026 systems were each provisioned with 19 3.8TB SAS SSDs, allowing the agency to scale its 26 slot, 2U devices for greater capacity. With expansion units, the JetStor devices can each support up to 286 drives for petabyte scalability.

The JetStor XF2026D platforms also lower the agency’s operating costs. By using energy-efficient flash drives, the systems consume less power than the agency’s legacy devices, which relied on spinning disks.

Muneris and AC&NC also packaged the DataCore SANsymphony-V storage virtualization solution to replace the agency’s aging IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. The agency now has robust, software-defined control of its storage architectures to improve application performance and enhance data availability and protection to ensure business continuity. 

“The agency wanted a storage solution that was both low cost and robust, and we made the impossible possible with JetStor XF2026 arrays and DataCore SANsymphony-V,” added Falconnet. “AC&NC may be some 8,500 miles away from us, but it provided leading solutions and unbeatable service.”

HOW WE DID IT

Muneris installed the JetStor XF2026 systems, which was straightforward and trouble-free. Each device feature dual-active controllers and a high-availability design without a single point of failure, ensuring highly reliable performance. Both are configured for RAID 5 for even greater data protection.

The JetStor platforms each comprise a SAN that links to Microsoft ESXi hosts and Fiber Channel switches. These connect to servers running the DataCore SANsymphony-V software. The servers connect to each other via dual fiber optic links for synchronous replication of data between the two production facilities. Both data centers are active, which means no failover is needed if one facility goes offline.

“The JetStor XF2026 arrays feature a web-based management system that alerts us if there are ever any issues,” said Falconnet. “Despite their sophistication, they’re easy to operate.”

CONCLUSION

“Thanks to AC&NC, we offer very competitive solutions that can beat those of major vendors,” concluded Falconnet. “We’re offering storage performance and reliability at the most affordable costs, along with software-defined products like DataCore, which make JetStor solutions ideal for both governments and private industry.”

ABOUT ADVANCED COMPUTER & NETWORK CORPORATION (AC&NC)

AC&NC™ / JetStor meets the evolving needs for data storage, protection, and management. We leverage leading technologies to offer high-value solutions for NAS, SANs, clouds, and hyper-converged infrastructures (HCIs).  Since 1994, our customers have spanned virtually every industry, and range from Fortune 500 enterprises to small and medium-sized firms.  We support environments from data centers and clouds to branch offices and remote sites.

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