Lean & Mean: Affordable simplicity with VMware vSAN
The new system had to be performant and Modemakers also had a strong preference for proven market-leading brands. And of course, the solution would have to be very easy to manage. Giovanni: “This is an important trend in the market. IT managers no longer want to spend too much time on the day-to-day management of servers, so they are opting for user-friendly solutions.”
For such adaptations and larger projects, Modemakers always relies on integrator ePact, their trusted IT partner for more than 15 years. On their advice, the old VMware vSphere 5.5 solution was replaced by a more recent version of vSphere (6.7) and supplemented with vSAN 6.7 and a vSAN Remote Office Branch Office license ( ROBO 25 VM pack). Christof Ugau: “This proves that this solution can also be interesting for smaller customers. After all, everyone has to go along with the digitization.” Everything was installed on Dell vSAN Ready nodes. The environment is fully redundant, with a stretched vSAN setup. This means that if a server were to fail – months before there was once a power outage in the neighborhood with an impact on the server – there would be no effect on the business. With the new solution, Modemakers almost doubled storage capacity. “This software solution gives Modemakers also more flexibility and a vision towards the cloud,” says Christof Ugau.
The role of partner ePact in the process should not be underestimated. “Building a narrow relationship takes time and money. ePact knows us and we know them, so there is a lot of mutual trust. And of course, they have the necessary expertise in VMware solutions to bring such a project to a successful conclusion”, says Giovanni Govaerts. The implementation went step-by-step but very smoothly. “The most far-reaching action was the migration of the fileservers. But we were able to implement everything during office hours. I think we had a maximum of 1 hour of downtime, but our employees barely noticed it.”