By Stewart Townsend on Feb 15, 2009
Customer: BlueOrange Networks
BlueOrange Networks offer "boutique" hosting in a fully virtualized environment. Because the virtual machines are independent of the
physical hardware, they must live on a NAS array.
"We needed high performance, but at budget prices - not things which usually go together with storage. But we got both from Sun with their Open Storage 7110 and the Startup Essentials programme." - Dr Jack Kreindler, Managing Director
As a startup, BlueOrange has a tight budget, and needs to get clients up and running quickly.
"I was impressed with how quick and easy it was to get going. Just 5 minutes in a web browser, and we were up and running." - Daniel Shane,
The sort of NAS devices usually affordable to a new company with tight cashflow are cheap commodity devices which do not give the
level of confidence required for a high availability service.
The decision to use the 7110 was based on:
\* "Enterprise" quality hardware, backed up by Sun support
\* Great observability - in a shared environment it is critical to be able to find out which customers are over-utilising the array. No other product makes this trivial.
\* No arbitrary features cut out to extract more money for software licenses, so we can afford to use everything the hardware can do and
split it up as required. Other options wouldn't be able to do it without spending money to unlock things the devices can already do.
\* Ability to run high availability virtualisation
\* Affordable price.