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Founded in 1989 with more than 130 employees at 5 locations across Germany, news aktuell delivers press releases to the media and financial markets as well as offer editorial addresses and seminar organization to its customers.
news aktuell faced the age-old problem, how to achieve high availability at multiple sites without breaking the bank? Moving away from VMware was not an option, and after months of research there seemed to be no alternative other than to license all the ESXi systems.
“Unfortunately this was not financially possible, as the initial investment was too high and would have prevented us from continuing our virtualization through VMware, We needed to find an interim solution.”
Finally they came across StorMagic and found that SvSAN would not only be able to leverage the server storage and create the required shared datastore for High Availability but that StorMagic was also in the late stages of developing high availability for ESXi and ESXi Essentials.
“We put SvSAN’s HA to the test and it does exactly what is says on the tin.” Says Steffen Clausjuergens, “When it is released in September we’ll be deploying it in some of news aktuell’s branches across Germany to be managed centrally at the head office in Hamburg”
Featured Case Study
John Charles is the CIO of California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) and Rich Avila is Director, Server & Network Operations. In late 2007 they were both looking down the barrel of a gun. The total amount of power being used in the data center was 67KVA. The maximum power from the current plant was 75kVA. PG&E had informed them that no more power could be delivered. They would be out of power in less than six months. A new data center was planned, but would not be available for two years.
Featured How-To Note
A main impediment to storage virtualization is the lack of multiple storage vendor (heterogeneous) support within available virtualization technologies. This inhibits deployment across a data center. The only practical approach is either to implement a single vendor solution across the whole of the data center (practical only for small and some medium size data centers) or to implement virtualization in one or more of the largest storage pools within a data center.