Welcome!

News Feed Item

AVIA Service Stations Rely on DataCore Storage Virtualization for Business Continuity and Critical Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP System Operations

AVIA Osterwalder Zurich AG, the leading operator and supplier of AVIA gas stations in Switzerland, has deployed DataCore storage virtualization software to improve its storage performance, simplify management and provide high-speed mirrored protection for its mission-critical applications. These applications include the company’s core ERP application Microsoft Dynamics NAV plus its Microsoft SQL Database and Microsoft Exchange mail systems. With DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage virtualization in place the company has added a new level of business continuity and high-availability at its main IT site and has put in place the infrastructure to support disaster recovery through additional replication capabilities to an outsourced data center. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V has proven itself to be cost-effective and reliable.

"Our IT operations and critical business applications are exposed to constant change and growth demands, with the DataCore solution in place we not only have met our acute needs, but we have made a long-term investment that we believe is a strategic advantage,” said Christian Arragain, head of the computer science department at Osterwalder Zurich AG. “Without hesitation, we can say that everything promised with SANsymphony-V has been delivered."

AVIA Osterwalder Zurich AG is a member of AVIA International, operating more than 3,000 AVIA petrol stations in 14 European countries. Osterwalder Zurich AG operates over 120 petrol stations in Switzerland and needs to ensure the supply and flow of fuels be completed while maintaining the highest level of safety. Besides petroleum products for service stations Osterwalder Zurich AG supplies wholesale and retail customers with diesel fuel, lubricants, fuel oils and pellets.

ERP system is the core application to run the business

At Osterwalder Zurich AG, all IT Services provided are centrally located. The heart of the IT operations is the ERP system, which manages orders, processing and delivery to gas stations and business clients. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is the basis of the ERP system implemented. While no downtime is tolerable, a failure in the winter months for business is almost unthinkable.

The company needed to increase its reliability and provide better protection for its central storage systems and the best way to do so was to establish a second data center remote from the site in Niederhasli (about twenty kilometers away from the main site). With two data centers, the company would have access to more capacity, higher performance and increased availability with a solution that could provide fast synchronous mirroring and a cost-effective solution for disaster recovery.

SANsymphony-V better protects AVIA’s business and investments

In the central data center, SANsymphony-V runs on two standard IBM servers, in effect, transforming them into intelligent storage servers. These DataCore servers provision and supply both the internal and external storage capacity from arrays to application servers. DataCore caching optimizes all workloads across all their storage to greatly improve performance and application response times. Between the two redundant DataCore systems the data is synchronously mirrored at high-speeds. Continuous availability of operations is ensured through the auto failover and auto failback features of SANsymphony-V. In effect, the systems stay up and if one side fails it provides an automatic restart making the process non-disruptive to the critical business applications.

For their disaster recovery site AVIA Osterwalder Zurich AG has implemented automatic, asynchronous site replication using DataCore’s integrated Advanced Site Recovery feature over a WAN link. This link connects to an emergency data center for disaster recovery purposes. At this remote location, a VMware server and a DataCore storage server with internal storage capacity is operating on IBM hardware. The systems use asynchronous mirroring to replicate vital information between the sites. In case of a major emergency or site disaster, the data center, which is equipped with emergency generators, can be begin operating in a very short time.

"The concept and our evaluation process with existing references convinced us that DataCore was the right solution. In addition to the high availability and disaster recovery requirements, DataCore’s storage virtualization software provided a new level of flexibility and ease of management. Even more, the evaluation we conducted showed clearly that DataCore offered the best value for money, so we decided in favor of SANsymphony-V,” continued Arragain.

About DataCore Software

DataCore is a leader in software-defined storage. The company’s storage virtualization software empowers organizations to seamlessly manage and scale their data storage architectures, delivering massive performance gains at a fraction of the cost of solutions offered by legacy storage hardware vendors. Backed by 10,000 customer sites around the world, DataCore’s adaptive and self-learning and healing technology takes the pain out of manual processes and helps deliver on the promise of the new software defined data center through its hardware agnostic architecture. Visit http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111 for more information.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANsymphony are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Struggling to keep up with increasing application demand? Learn how Platform as a Service (PaaS) can streamline application development processes and make resource management easy.
Much of the value of DevOps comes from a (renewed) focus on measurement, sharing, and continuous feedback loops. In increasingly complex DevOps workflows and environments, and especially in larger, regulated, or more crystallized organizations, these core concepts become even more critical. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, will show how, by focusing on 'metrics that matter,' you can provide objective, transparent, and meaningfu...
If there is anything we have learned by now, is that every business paves their own unique path for releasing software- every pipeline, implementation and practices are a bit different, and DevOps comes in all shapes and sizes. Software delivery practices are often comprised of set of several complementing (or even competing) methodologies – such as leveraging Agile, DevOps and even a mix of ITIL, to create the combination that’s most suitable for your organization and that maximize your busines...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...
Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud’s transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yoav Mor, multi-cloud solution evangelist at Cloudy...
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond AI, will discuss what the five main drivers are in Artificial Intelligence that could shape the future of the Internet of Things. AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond AI. He has over 20 years of management experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensors, instruments, devices and software for telecommunications, life sciences, environmental monitoring, process...
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...
See storage differently! Storage performance problems have only gotten worse and harder to solve as applications have become largely virtualized and moved to a cloud-based infrastructure. Storage performance in a virtualized environment is not just about IOPS, it is about how well that potential performance is guaranteed to individual VMs for these apps as the number of VMs keep going up real time. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in product and marketing at Tintri, will discu...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...