When it became apparent that our existing storage implementation was not sufficient to meet our new application requirements, our first thought was to call Cold Creek Solutions. Our long-standing relationship gave us the confidence that we would get the best advice available. Cold Creek’s recommendation was to front-end our aging storage with a technologically advanced solution from HDS (Hitachi Data Systems). This gave us the functionality and performance we needed while preserving our existing investments.
Chadd Warwick, Comprehensive Software Systems
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Hitachi Unified Storage Benefits
• Extended the usability of existing storage assets
• Improved TCO and reduced maintenance fees
• Enhanced storage utilization by 40 percent
• Improved ability to deliver innovative services
Leveraging its expertise in storage, data management and technology solutions, Cold Creek Solutions, a Colorado-based technology planning firm, had been partnering with CSS on server and other infrastructure technologies for years. When Adam Lancaster, VP of technology sales for Cold Creek, heard that CSS was planning a storage refresh, he urged the company to consider solutions outside of the EMC box – namely, the unified storage family from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
With configuration expertise provided by the local HDS team and logistical and financial support from Arrow ECS, Cold Creek was able to propose a best-of-both-worlds solution that leveraged a Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) front end for virtualization and utilized CSS’s existing EMC storage resources on the back end. The solution also came in at about one half the cost of the proposed Symmetrix VMAX solution from EMC.
“The pricing ended up being what we needed, but Hitachi really stood apart from a technology perspective,” says Warwick. “Number one, the HUS would allow us to virtualize and extend the usability of our EMC assets that weren’t ready for end of life. Second, it would be quickly and easily scalable with flash drives that slot right into the normal chassis. And finally, it was developed with an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) architecture, so we knew it was purpose-built for meeting enterprise storage demands.”