Monday, 19 October 2015 11:43

Sealord ditches SAN, chooses Nutanix hyper-converged solution

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New Zealand-based global fisheries group Sealord has ditched traditional hardware based SAN (storage area network) storage for a hyper converged storage solution from Nutanix.

The deployment sees Sealord Group implement Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure to underpin supply chain and management applications on which the NZ$500 million operation relies.

Dave Thompson, Group Manager of Information Technology at Sealord Group, says the company selected Nutanix with assistance from Kiwi IT infrastructure and cloud consultancy, ViFX, which procured and implemented Nutanix’s web-scale technology based on Sealord’s requirements for reliability to maximise employee productivity regardless of location – whether in the office, at the dock or via mobile access.

With its former storage area network (SAN) nearing the 10-year mark, Sealord began searching for replacement infrastructure that was easier to support and allowed it to scale up.

“As the business continued to expand, our traditional SAN-based data centre environment was becoming a support issue.

“With a growing storage bottleneck, we saw the opportunity to adopt hyper-convergence-based technology. The web-scale capability was a real driver, but what sealed the deal is just how simple it is to set up and manage. It took half a day to install, and it virtually manages itself.”

Thompson said Sealord Group’s more than 1350 employees require a variety of factory production and product management systems to document and control the harvesting, packaging, weighing, labelling and distribution of seafood - these systems depend on Sealord’s data centre to provide office, factory, dock and remote workers with reliable, real-time access to the most up-to-date information.

Wayne Neich, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Nutanix, said that with three Nutanix nodes, Sealord can ensure application-critical data is delivered with minimal latency.

Neich said Sealord’s data centre is now entirely automated and easily monitored with Nutanix’s Prism one-click management interface, allowing Sealord’s technical engineers to focus on delivering greater value to the business rather than just keeping the lights on.

And, when the company’s requirements increase, it will be able to scale by simply adding another node, which will integrate into the environment without downtime or a loss of productivity, Neich explains.

“Sealord is a large and dynamic operation that relies on the performance of its business applications to reach its myriad customers.

“With a web-scale infrastructure supporting its employees, Sealord has taken resources out of the management of its data centre, and reinvested them in the big fish: its product and customers.”    

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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