Platform for the future
Scott Equipment chose to deploy VersaStack, an integrated infrastructure solution from IBM and Cisco, to support its VMware environment, as recommended by IBM Business Partner and long-time collaborator VSS.
“VSS have been partners of ours for years now, and we implicitly trust their judgment,” remarks Aaron Coody. “So when they made a compelling case for VersaStack, we were soon won over. For us, the critical factors in our choice were performance, scalability and support, and we felt confident that the VersaStack could deliver on all of these.”
Donnie Williams, IT Director at Scott Equipment, adds: “For us, VersaStack offered us the best opportunity to deploy a solution from two technology leaders, offering a win-win situation from every perspective.”
In VersaStack, Scott Equipment gained a preconfigured solution comprised of Cisco server, management and networking components, and IBM storage, enabling a rapid deployment. Aaron Coody recalls: “From our view, the VersaStack implementation was very simple. VSS handled all the planning—we simply told them when and where we needed it, and once in place, we migrated our VMs [virtual machines] over in no time. We were able to achieve such a smooth cutover that none of our users even noticed it was happening!”
Today, the VersaStack platform supports a variety of systems, including the company’s directory service, file system, backup and replication processes and automated accounts payable solution. Scott Equipment has plans to expand the environment further.
“In just a few months, the VersaStack solution has grown to become just as important as our IBM i environment. It is so powerful that we are considering utilizing the platform for other systems, such as a new ERP deployment—something we would not have contemplated with our old distributed infrastructure.”
Getting ahead of the curve
Situated at the company’s colocation facility 500 miles from corporate headquarters, the VersaStack solution is delivering impressive performance results. By equipping employees with information systems running on a high-speed, ultra-reliable platform, Scott Equipment is setting the stage for greater productivity.
“It is testament to the superior performance offered by VersaStack that even though we moved the distributed part of our infrastructure to a location 500 miles away, we see virtually zero latency,” says Aaron Coody. “We can be confident that our employees have the tools they need to work productively, including technicians accessing our mobile app while in the field. And we are confident that VersaStack will provide the same exceptional performance for a wide variety of workloads.”
Scott Equipment can now dynamically adjust and scale resources to meet peaks in demand, helping the company react faster to changes in the marketplace.
Donnie Williams elaborates: “One of the key advantages of the Cisco UCS Director software is that it separates the management of the hardware and software components of the platform. In stark contrast to our previous solution, the Director lets us easily replace or add hardware, so we can quickly extend the environment to act on growth opportunities.”
Aaron Coody adds: “Watching VSS rack up VersaStack, we were amazed by how few cables it requires—another feature of the solution that makes working with the platform much easier.”
In choosing VersaStack, Scott Equipment has succeeded in simplifying its infrastructure while adding to its capabilities, putting the company in a strong position to compete.
Aaron Coody concludes: “The biggest strength of the VersaStack is its versatility: it is truly a one-stop shop with everything we need to grab an edge over the competition and sets us up for a successful future. We feel assured that the roadmap for the solution is one that aligns well with our own, and that the VersaStack will continue to be a good fit for us for some time to come.”