SALT LAKE CITY, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that the Danish city of Esbjerg Kommune has virtualized its Microsoft Exchange 2010 infrastructure with Fusion ioTurbine virtualization caching software to support a range of community services, including its award-winning entrepreneurship program. The complete details of the deployment have been published in a new case study.
Integrated into the server with Fusion's ioDrive memory platform, the VMware vMotion-compatible caching software enabled Esbjerg to virtualize its 20,000-user Exchange environment and also achieved a 40 percent reduction on its existing storage area network (SAN) workload, extending the investment in its existing storage system and freeing these resources for future growth.
"The latency of a SAN is milliseconds, and we were seeking a solution that could provide more I/O with faster response time than our SAN. Putting solid-state technology in the system is a quick fix, but it does not really help that much in terms of response time," said Esben Foverskov, Head of IT Infrastructure, Esbjerg Kommune. "When we put Exchange 2010 into production with ioTurbine, the results were significant. Outlook was extremely responsive and we no longer had I/O issues stemming from traditional storage infrastructures and their associated latency. The deployment not only solved our immediate performance needs, but also improved the overall return on investment associated with our existing SAN."
Located on the southwest coast of Denmark, Esbjerg Kommune is Denmark's fifth largest city and is the main base for Denmark's offshore activities related to oil, gas and wind energy. Esbjerg was running Exchange 2003 and was working to upgrade to Exchange 2010 as well as virtualize the deployment. Esbjerg's goal in virtualizing the environment was to reduce operational expenses related to service, manageability and ease of administration, as well as to preserve the existing storage architecture, in order to minimize capital equipment costs and continuing the use of existing back-up and disaster recovery solutions.
Esbjerg deployed ioTurbine on Fusion ioDrive hardware to address the I/O issues associated with virtualization and avoid an expensive SAN upgrade. The intelligent, application-level ioTurbine caching software installs in VMware's ESXi as a vLun driver and as a component in the guest operating system. Caching then becomes an attribute of the workload, targeting performance to loads with high data demand that require acceleration. Fusion ioTurbine now supports VMware ESXi 5.0 virtualization hypervisor, enabling customers using 4.x or 5.0 versions of ESXi to benefit from integrating the ioTurbine software to enhance VMware performance.
"As environmental and fiscal issues associated with data centers become a concern for communities around the world, municipalities like Esbjerg Kommune are using innovation to ease data center energy demands and realize compelling savings in capital and operational expenditures," said Rich Boberg, General Manager of Fusion-io Virtualization Solutions Group. "Virtualization is a great way to reduce power costs and infrastructural spending, however, many organizations seeking to virtualize soon discover that potential savings are eaten up by having to build out existing storage arrays to accommodate increased data needs. Recognizing this, Esbjerg Kommune deployed ioTurbine software to fully take advantage of server-side flash and direct this performance to virtualized database applications, achieving the return on investment that virtualization was meant to deliver."
To read the complete case study detailing Esbjerg Kommune's deployment of Fusion ioTurbine and ioMemory, go to http://www.fusionio.com/case-studies/esbjerg-kommune/. To learn more about Fusion ioTurbine, please visit http://www.fusionio.com/systems/ioturbine/.
Fusion-io has pioneered a next generation storage memory platform for shared data decentralization that significantly improves the processing capabilities within a datacenter by relocating process-critical, or "active", data from centralized storage to the server where it is being processed, a methodology referred to as data decentralization. Fusion's integrated hardware and software solutions leverage non-volatile memory to significantly increase datacenter efficiency and offers enterprise grade performance, reliability, availability and manageability. Fusion's data decentralization platform can transform legacy architectures into next generation datacenters and allows enterprises to consolidate or significantly reduce complex and expensive high performance storage, high performance networking and memory-rich servers. Fusion's platform enables enterprises to increase the utilization, performance and efficiency of their datacenter resources and extract greater value from their information assets.
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