Going off-road with unified shared storage for flexible scalability.
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG’s PistenBully snow groomers deliver powerful technology to get tough jobs done in difficult-to-access locations. But the iconic red PistenBully seen in ski regions everywhere isn’t the only implement Kässbohrer sells. As the leading supplier of all-terrain vehicles for the environment, nature and recreation, the group, based in Laupheim, Germany, also provides beach cleaners and track carriers.
Server & Storage
While strategically planning its IT overhaul, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG was looking for a powerful, high-availability system that would provision synchronously mirrored data in each section of the data centre. In addition, the group sought to ensure that its storage investment would last well into the future, able to handle the rising data volumes to be generated over several years. By introducing a unified shared storage solution, Kässbohrer also aimed to consolidate its existing storage system while reducing data and simplifying management.
While we were already impressed by the preparations leading up to the project, we were blown away by how perfectly this complex project was pulled off—on time and in budget—without interfering with running applications.
Matthias Rausch, Head of IT and Organisation, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
To consolidate storage infrastructure, Bechtle—a Dell EMC expert—implemented a storage solution with two Dell EMC VNX systems using SSD media for maximum performance in Kässbohrer’s data centre. This unified storage solution mirrors block data synchronously, making it available for server and client virtualisation at all times. File data, on the other hand, is consolidated on the Dell EMC system and periodically replicated to the second data centre. This enables Kässbohrer to benefit from file and block data services on a single platform. Performance is optimised through the use of Dell EMC Fast Suite and flash drives. Dell EMC’s multi-tiering solution FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Provisioning) enables first-rate data provisioning as well as automatic, efficient management. It does so by determining, in the background, which data is used most often and moving it automatically to the most suitable storage tier based on policies—requiring no manual intervention by administrators.
By implementing the Dell EMC Symmetrix VNX system, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG has optimised I/O performance for its data workload. FAST VP makes the most of storage resources, deduplicating files to accommodate more data with the same capacity. As a result, storage investment and operating overhead are both reduced. Automating multiple processes also cuts down on the amount of IT administration required. Kässbohrer now enjoys better performance, higher availability and fewer manual interventions, thanks to Dell EMC’s sophisticated, powerful and reliable storage solution.