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AWRostamani sets up a disaster recovery site to protect its business

AWR upgrades storage and consolidates with disaster recovery for better operations

When AWRostamani decided to set up a disaster recovery (DR) site, it found its partner in Emitac Enterprise Solutions (EES). The project focused on setting up and consolidating storage and enhancing capacity for AW Rostamani Group (AWR) including HP storage works HP EVA8400, Blade enclosure and blade servers with the required ERP infrastructure in place, which AWRostamani wanted to expand to meet disaster recovery (DR) capability and storage enhancement requirements.

A number of factors were key in making the decision to consolidate DR and storage, including the fact that the current storage infrastructure was going out of support, with renewal costs being very high; new project demands and Exchange migration were adding additional storage capacity requirements; the new storage unit would deliver benefits in the improvement of the ERP application performance; and the ease of migration from the old EVA5000 to new EVA8400 through the replication process

Studying the storage infrastructure and discussing the solution with the IT team of AWR, EES team proposed a scalable, cost effective comprehensive DR solution including replication, reporting and dashboarding for meeting SLAs on replication and business continuity management. Additionally, AWRostamani needed a flexible hardware platform that could quickly scale to meet spikes in demand with minimal attention from IT administrators and improve efficiency.

The proposed hardware was based on HP storage works EVA8400, Blade enclosure and blade servers. The solution was designed to manage failover, as well as consolidate and centralize the control of the entire environment apart from catering to new projects like migration of Exchange 2003 - Exchange 2010; upgrading Citrix Application Virtualization and Hyperion. EES also enhanced AWR's storage capacity, thus complementing its new server infrastructure with reliable and accessible storage.