RWE IT CZ Replaces EMC Storage with Zadara VPSA


Zadara partner T1-Solutions assists RWE IT CZ address performance, stability and scalability concerns



FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Cloud Expo, Booth #523 – November 10, 2015 – Zadara™ Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that RWE has deployed the Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VSPA) architecture to replace their existing EMC storage. The new Zadara infrastructure supports RWE’s SAP HR application, as well as their Lancelot e-commerce application. With the support of Zadara’s partner T1-Solutions, RWE has upgraded their older storage infrastructure, addressed their performance, stability and scalability issues, and transitioned their storage from a CapEx to a Storage-as-a-Service model.

RWE is one of Europe’s five leading electricity and gas companies. The RWE IT CZ organization was facing performance, stability and scalability issues with the current storage infrastructure supporting their SAP HR application and their Lancelot e‑commerce application. They turned to their trusted integration partner T1‑Solutions to help them identify alternatives to their existing EMC storage arrays. After testing a variety of solutions including EMC, SoftNAS and Zadara Storage, RWE IT CZ chose to proceed with the Zadara Storage VPSA, including the Backup to S3 (B2S3) option which enables VPSA data to be backed-up to Amazon S3 compatible storage.

RWE IT CZ has deployed the new Zadara VPSA enterprise storage-as-a-service solution in Dublin, Ireland, connecting to their AWS compute environment and this has transitioned them from on-premises to a full cloud infrastructure.

Performance was a key requirement during the evaluation cycle. T1-Solutions their integration partner explained “RWE’s SAP application had significant spikes in activity and the previous EMC arrays could not keep up with the peaks in I/O demand. Since deploying the Zadara Storage solution, RWE has addressed their performance issues, resolved their stability concerns and they now have a scalable environment to support future growth.”

“Zadara Storage met all of our criteria including performance, stability, scalability – and an advanced suite of enterprise-grade features,” said Martin Gotz, managing director at RWE IT CZ. “We were also pleasantly surprised with the agility of the Zadara solution. Once we made the decision to proceed, the solution was installed and operational within 48-hours. We were quite impressed with the flexibility and agility of the architecture.”

“RWE is an excellent example of a worldwide corporation who saw the value in cloud-based, storage-as-a-service and decided to move away from the 3-5 year purchase, manage, replace cycle,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO and co-founder of Zadara Storage. “They resolved their performance, stability and scalability issues while gaining all of the agility and flexibility benefits of cloud-based, storage-as-a-service. Best yet, they never need to worry again about replacing their storage because it grows and evolves with them.”

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About Zadara Storage

Zadara Storage offers enterprise storage-as-a-service, delivering high-performance, highly available file and block storage. The company’s patented, software-defined Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™) deliver flexible, multi-tenant enterprise SAN and NAS technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, and management control, VPSAs meet the most stringent Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). Zadara is available both via OPaaS (On-Premise as a Service) and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including value-added relationships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data, TelecityGroup, CloudSigma, and others. Visit www.zadarastorage.com, the Zadara Blog, or on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Zadara® Storage offers enterprise Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), delivering high-performance, highly available file, block and object storage. The company’s award-winning Zadara Storage Cloud delivers a common storage-as-a-service platform that can be deployed at any location (cloud, on-premises or hybrid), supporting any data type (block, file and object) and connecting to any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift).


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