Top IT services provider Thriveon selects Enhance Technology’s SAN platform for thriving cloud-based market
Founded in 2002, Thriveon is Minnesota’s leading IT business services provider and one of the fastest growing cloud solutions provider. Thriveon offers complete business solutions from managed services, disaster recovery, VOIP systems, support and cloud-based technology solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.
When a leading IT service provider experienced significant growth in their Cloud-based offerings, success presented a host of challenges for Minnesota’s top Cloud services provider. Issues revolved around efficiency, cost, reliability and the ability to integrate new hardware without disrupting existing data infrastructure.
“It was getting expensive to always have to spin up new VM host and drive spacing was constantly an issue. We needed a solution that allowed for rapid growth at a low price, but yet was a rock solid solution” said Jake Bloedow, Network Administrator at Thriveon.
Adding to the problem, Thriveon needed to fast track deployment to meet the growing demand for cloudbased services. “We were running a large number of VM host and were running into growth limitations. The amount of VM guests on a host was limited to a small number and the ability to grow was becoming a problem” noted Bloedow.
Thriveon’s infrastructure is comprised of high performance server hardware running a virtual environment that provides customers with customized computing solutions such as Exchange servers, SQL and terminal servers. The chosen storage solution would need to address the critical nature of Thriveon’s services and the resulting impact to clientele who rely on Thriveon’s IT infrastructure for business continuity. Data availability and hardware redundancy would play an important role in the final decision.
After researching a number of solutions, Thriveon selected Enhance Technology’s ULTRASTOR™ ES3160P4D iSCSI-SAN platform. The ES3160P4D is a hardware-based, high availability IP SAN that features a modular system design and redundant storage controllers for maximum data availability. Eight 1GbE iSCSI data ports allowed for multiple host server connections and provided Thriveon with highly scalable and flexible centralized SAN.
The ULTRASTOR™ ES3160P4D iSCSI-SAN platform is completely VMware certified which gave Thriveon the confidence to adopt the ULTRASTOR™ ES platform as the primary storage system for their cloud environment. The ES3160P4D connects to multiple servers through Thriveon’s network infrastructure, which makes provisioning storage to new servers happen instantaneously. The ULTRASTOR™ management interface simplifies the administration process, allowing Thriveon’s IT staff to focus on the needs of their customers.
The top factors in selecting Enhance Technology were cost and versatility according to Jake Bloedow. “The price compared to our other vendors was the biggest deciding factor. The price was so reasonable for the quality of the device and features we received. We currently have one controller setup as a 16 TB offsite data store and the second controller is connected to two VMware hosts that are each running between 6 to 8 VM guests.”
Performance, Reliability and Features
The ULTRASTOR™ ES3160P4D is a dual controller, Active-Active, iSCSI SAN storage solution designed for high data availability and 24/7 operation. Featuring eight 1GbE iSCSI data ports, users can attach the ES3160P4D to multiple servers to ensure data accessibility with highperformance and full iSCSI bandwidth.
In addition to the ES3160P4D’s dual RAID controllers and I/O modules, the dual redundant power supplies and cooling modules are hot-swappable and are easily fieldreplaceable, providing the ultimate redundancy and reliability for mission critical and data intensive applications to meet storage requirements across the most demanding environments.
“Our ULTRASTOR™ ES3160P4D SAN has been amazing! Our Enhance SAN has been running in live production for almost a year now without a glitch or downtime. Enhance Technology has allowed us to rapidly grow out our data center at a lower cost while still being able to provide customers with the most reliable service.”
ULTRASTOR™ ES3160P4D Benefits
• Dual active-active enterprise-class, VMware certified SAN storage platform
• Embedded hardware RAID controllers with eight 1GbE iSCSI ports
• Storage expansion up to 256TB
• Full iSCSI offload. Load-balancing & fail-over
• Cloud-ready IP-SAN solution that delivers ease of use and flexibility for virtualized environments
• Increased storage capacity with integrated hardware redundancy for 24/7 business continuity
• More efficient cloud infrastructure with consequent reductions in storage costs
“Our ULTRASTOR ES3160P4D SAN has been truly amazing! Our Enhance SAN has been running in live production for almost a year now without a glitch or downtime."
- Jake Bloedow, Network Administrator, Thriveon
Thriveon has been serving Minnesota since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses. It's always been our goal to provide enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small business sector, with small business prices. Our experience has allowed us to build and develop the infrastructure needed to keep our prices affordable and our clients up and running.
To learn more about Thriveon’s professional IT services, visit www.thriveon.co - or call us at (855) 767-2571
The UltraStor™ ES3160P4D is equipped with Dual Active-Active RAID controllers for maximum data protection and data high-availability. Featuring 4x GbE iSCSI per controller, users can attach ES3160P4D to multiple servers to ensure data accessibility with high-performance and full iSCSI bandwidth. In addition to the ES3160P4D’s dual RAID controllers and I/O modules, the dual redundant power supplies and cooling modules are hot-swappable and can be replaced easily on the field, providing the ultimate redundancy and reliability for mission critical and data intensive applications to meet the storage requirements across the most demanding environments.