Based in Warrington in the UK, SMS prides itself on providing innovative, reliable and cost effective email services to customers all over the world. Although email hosting is its core business, it also offers web and server hosting, enabling companies of any size to eliminate the hardware and administration costs of maintaining in-house solutions. To remain competitive, high availability and performance of its systems are crucial.
An increase in its customer base and a significant influx in the level of email and web traffic on a daily basis led to SMS exploring the best option for replacing its existing storage infrastructure. SMS needed a solution that was agile, reliable and could handle the IOPS requirements. Nexenta met all of these requirements at a lower cost than the current provider. With help from VA Technologies, a value added reseller of high performance servers, storage and workstations based in Bedfordshire, SMS selected a NexentaStor based SAN.
Myles Winstone, marketing manager at Simply Mail Solutions explains: “Nexenta’s OpenStorage software provides advanced caching and when it is coupled with SSDs it offers performance that far outstrips our current requirements, allowing us to stay ahead of our customers’ needs whilst still giving us the ability to easily scale up. It also offers enterprise class redundancy with replication capabilities including unlimited incremental snapshots and cloning.”
Central to SMS’ technical strategy, the NexentaStor SAN is dedicated to running MS Exchange Mailboxes and provides the company with 128 TB of raw capacity. In addition to unlimited snapshots, Nexenta’s OpenStorage solution provides enterprise class features including hybrid storage pooling, deduplication and thin provisioning.
Winstone concludes: “Nexenta has allowed us to upgrade the storage systems used for our critical business applications, at one third of the price of competing storage solutions. In addition it has heavily reduced the time spent on management, in some cases by as much as 90 percent, allowing us to provide an even more competitive solution to our customers in the future.”
Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta says: “Nexenta is ideal for service providers facing increasing data growth and web traffic demands as it offers superior performance, flexibility and scalability at a low cost. An alternative to traditional legacy storage systems from big vendors, it helps service providers such as SMS meet client needs effectively and remain competitive in a tough economic climate.”
About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. Its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualisation-
More information about Nexenta Systems, and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor, can be found at www.nexenta.com. Partners selling NexentaStor-
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