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August 03, 2011 11:25 ET

inVentiv Health Turns to WhipTail to Improve Citrix Environment Performance

XLR8r Helps Overcome Common Enterprise Storage Hurdles Without Breaking the Bank

WHIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - Today, WhipTail Tech, the recognized market leader in cost-effective solid-state based storage arrays, announced that inVentiv health, Inc. selected the WhipTail XLR8r to help optimize its Citrix environment. inVentiv health chose the XLR8r because of the superior performance it offered at a competitive price point.

inVentiv health is a global provider of value-added services to the pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare industries with more than $800 million in revenue and 5,200 employees. The organization was suffering from poor performance in one of its mission critical applications -- its statistical analysis system (SAS). Running in inVentiv health's virtualized Citrix XenApp 6 housed on a VMware ESX environment, the SAS was performing at an unacceptable level.

"We had the application running on our traditional hard-disk drive fiber channel storage array, but we had endless user complaints, and we were fielding consistent calls and having to reboot the servers," said Tony Marando, manager of technical services at inVentiv health. "We were also experiencing long delays to conduct statistical analysis of data sets; reports were taking hours. We needed a way to really increase the underlying performance without breaking the bank."

WhipTail's XLR8r provides applications a performance pool of 250,000 IO per second, decreasing latency to 0.1ms and delivering a throughput of 1.7gb/s. With the XLR8r, inVentiv health was able to stop over-provisioning in spindles (while wasting capacity) and optimize the underlying storage.

"WhipTail's XLR8r was the perfect answer to our problem -- a high-performing storage array that captures the speed of solid-state, but at a cost-point that the regular enterprises can adopt," said Marando. "It's about what we are paying per IO, not per GIG anymore."

"We see it every day -- companies like inVentiv health struggling with several IT challenges that they must overcome -- challenges like poor critical application performance, slow reporting turnaround times, difficult virtual environment implementations and growing hard disk drive sprawl that always seem to come back to the storage component of the infrastructure," said Brian Feller, CMO and VP Strategic Alliances at WhipTail. "The thing is our XLR8r makes it so easy to overcome all of these challenges while saving money companies have traditionally continued to pump into legacy drives in the past."

"With the XLR8r, the InVentiv health environment now runs four times faster and the help desk calls have stopped completely," said Marando. "And those reports that took hours now only take minutes when running on the XLR8r."

The full inVentiv health case study can be viewed here:

WhipTail will be demonstrating the benefits of its XLR8r solution at Flash Memory Summit, taking place August 9-11 in Santa Clara, Calif., in the Viking Modular Solutions booth (#406).

About WhipTail Tech
A revolutionary technology company positioned 2,916 miles east of Silicon Valley, in the seasonally sunny Whippany, N.J., WhipTail Tech engineered the first fully populated solid-state storage area network (SAN) appliance. Released in 2008, the XLR8r line solves storage's biggest challenge -- the high I/O demands that processors and current applications require for optimal performance -- by delivering 250,000 WRITE IOPS. Additional information may be found on the company's website:

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