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April 07, 2015 11:00 ET

Dot Foods Selects Kaminario's K2 All-Flash Array for Its ERP System

The Nation's Largest Food Redistributor Moves to Kaminario K2 to Improve Performance of Critical Production Workloads and Scale Easily to Keep Up With Business Growth

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2015) - Kaminario, the leading all-flash array storage provider for midrange enterprises, today announced that Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, has selected Kaminario's K2 all-flash array to store data for the company's expansive ERP system. Kaminario supplemented Dot Foods' previous disk-based array to provide the fast-growing company with exceptional scalability, resiliency and consistent performance.

"We're in an era of rapid business growth, and with that expansion comes significantly more data that businesses must store safely, cost-effectively and at-scale. This is a key challenge faced by all businesses, and exactly what Kaminario has set out to solve," said Ritu Jyoti, chief product officer at Kaminario. "Dot Foods has an extremely dynamic environment, one that requires a storage solution which is adaptable and will grow with their business."

With over nine locations nationwide, the family-owned and operated business offers over 105,000 products from 650 manufacturers with a mission to promote shared growth among its vast food supply chain. To run its complex operations, Dot Foods moved to a highly virtualized environment, the core of which is its ERP system that serves 4,200 users for order-entry, picking and putaway, routing and dispatch, and back office. Previously, Dot Foods used an HP 3PAR array with HDDs for its ERP system that holds data in a Microsoft SQL Server database. But as the business grew, the array ran out of capacity and its increased footprint raised power and cooling requirements. To meet the growing needs of its expanding business, Dot Foods was in search of a storage solution that featured easy scalability, seamless integration into its VMWare environment and 100% uptime. It also required a storage system that could accelerate performance of critical production workloads in a highly cost-efficient way.

"We selected Kaminario K2 based on its exceptional scalability, resiliency and performance offered at an attractive price -- even when compared with legacy arrays," said Eric Ellerman, network manager at Dot Foods. "We operate in a high-volume, low-margin business, and needed storage that was cost-efficient. In addition, our dynamic environment makes it difficult to predict performance and capacity requirements year-over-year. K2 provides a storage solution that can grow with our business."

When evaluating the all-flash market, Dot Foods surveyed arrays from HP and Pure Storage but none matched the company's requirements for consistent performance, 100% uptime, scalability and seamless integration into the existing data center. Dot Foods' Kaminario implementation includes one K2 array deployed into production and another on a disaster recovery (DR) site, for a total of 90TB of guaranteed/180TB of effective capacity. Zerto Virtual Replication software was used to replicate application and database VMs to the second K2 array, supporting warehouse and transportation functions with a sub-60 second RPO.

Since its K2 deployment, Dot Foods has reduced storage cost/GB and lowered its footprint, power and cooling due to a 5:1 data compression rate. Additionally, as a result of a 30% reduction in runtime of batch processes, the company has gained the equivalent of one business operations employee. With K2, Dot Foods is confident that it can reliably meet the commitments to their customers as the business continues to grow.

"Dot Foods has taken a common, and highly problematic IT data storage and disaster recovery challenge and overcome it by combining Zerto's software with Kaminario to create a flexible and scalable infrastructure that is easy to install and manage, while increasing efficiency and lowering total cost of ownership," said Zerto's Director of Global Product Marketing, Jennifer Gill. "By deploying K2 all-flash array storage and Zerto Virtual Replication we are arming Dot Foods with an infrastructure-agnostic solution that will simplify virtual machine management, while also exceeding IT service levels."

For more information on Dot Foods K2 use case, please visit: http://kaminario.com/resources/casestudies.php.

About Kaminario
Kaminario is the leading provider of enterprise-class all-flash storage, delivering unparalleled cost efficiency, with an average price of $2/GB and the industry's only guaranteed effective capacity. Built from the ground up to take advantage of the most modern flash SSD capabilities, Kaminario K2 is the only product to feature a true scale-out and scale-up architecture that allows organizations to grow capacity and performance based on their needs. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others.

About Zerto
Zerto is committed to keeping enterprise and cloud IT running 24/7 by providing innovative, simple, reliable and scalable business continuity software solutions. Through the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform, organizations can seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds. The company's flagship product, Zerto Virtual Replication, has become the standard for protection, recovery and migration of applications in cloud and virtualized datacenters, and won numerous awards, including Best of Show at VMworld 2011, Best of VMworld Europe 2014, as well as 2011, 2012 and 2013 Product of the Year Awards for its innovative hypervisor-based replication approach. For more information, go to www.zerto.com.

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