SOURCE: American Megatrends

American Megatrends

July 07, 2015 09:00 ET

Advanced Motors & Drives® (AMD) Safeguards Continued Growth and Evolving Product Line With StorTrends High Performance Storage

Premier Designer and Manufacturer of Customized Motors for Battery-Powered Vehicles Replaces Tape-Based Backup With StorTrends Storage Area Network (SAN)

NORCROSS, GA--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2015) -  StorTrends®, the world's proven leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that Advanced Motors and Drives (AMD), a premier designer and manufacturer of customized motors for battery-powered vehicles, has deployed a StorTrends high-performance storage area network (SAN) across its primary and remote backup datacenters to support its continued growth and evolving product line. 

In addition to serving industrial, recreational and utility vehicle manufacturers, AMD is also on the cutting edge of clean "green" motor manufacturing. Staffed by a team of hundreds of designers, engineers, IT professionals and administrative staff, its upstate New York design and manufacturing facilities are supported by a primary and remote datacenter. The datacenters utilize a wide range of enterprise applications, across a heterogeneous infrastructure made up of Red Hat Linux servers, a Blackberry Enterprise server, and various IBM servers. In addition, AMD relies on Windows-compatible Samba to help support and manage its end user desktop, laptop and printer environment. Until the StorTrends SAN deployment, AMD had relied almost exclusively on tape-based backup. However, as AMD continued to grow it recognized that not only was tape backup a resource draining process, they also faced the risk that if they should experience an outage or disaster event, their information and applications would be unavailable for an unacceptable period of time, if not lost forever.

"The tape backup approach became a bottleneck, so we created a rotating schedule to backup different applications on different days. But, this led to periods of time when no backups existed for some apps," explained Tom Flood, IT Manager, Advanced Motors and Drives (AMD). 

To augment, disk-based backup was also used but not moved to a safe location until the tape backup was moved. Restoration was complicated and time consuming, and consequently avoided whenever possible. As this was not a long-term tenable solution, given the company's rapid growth and business criticality of applications and information, Flood began the search for a technologically viable solution, which would also meet its stringent budget requirements. After a careful review of available solutions, and a successfully executed performance proof of concept (POC), Flood chose and deployed a StorTrends high performance SAN across its primary and remote datacenters.

"StorTrends, with its easy and intuitive GUI, makes SAN deployment and management really simple -- we had it up and running in about 15 minutes," said Flood. "You don't need a special degree to create volumes in StorTrends. It's completed in just a few clicks. And, with a few more clicks, you've got that same volume replicated safely offsite."

AMD now has six volumes thin provisioned (StorTrends allows for both thin and exact) for a capacity of over 3.5 TBs. Each StorTrends has useable 11 TBs capacity, including a hot spare drive. Data is now consistently replicated every day, with StorTrends Snap-Assisted Replication (SAR) feature -- where an original point-in-time copy of data is replicated. After which, only changed data is captured and replicated in order to expedite the backup process, reduce performance overhead, and eliminate backup storage redundancy.

"Whereas previously backup was a tedious chore that was time intensive, expensive, and less than reliable, StorTrends has provided AMD with a high performance solution for fast and consistent data backup, at a dramatically lower cost. For instance, a pdf directory of thousands of product drawings now takes just a couple seconds to be fully backed up -- with future backups consisting of only the changes to these files," said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends (AMI). "Moreover, StorTrends has provided AMD with the flexibility to grow its storage environment how and when it needs to, whether they require all-flash, hybrid flash or spinning disk to support their application and budgetary requirements."

To learn more about Advanced Motors and Drives (AMD), a Nidec Corporation, StorTrends high performance SAN deployment, please read the case study found at: http://www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/

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