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Rotary tackles escalating data volume



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The global service organization Rotary International, which had experienced 400 percent data volume growth in just 18 months, wanted to transform its IT infrastructure and simplify management of its digital assets through a cost-effective and scalable solution.

A longtime EMC and VMware customer, Rotary decided to standardize its infrastructure on EMC storage, backup and recovery technologies. The organization has implemented EMC’s VNXe, Isilon, Avamar and RecoverPoint products, as well as VMware vSphere and VCE Vblock.

Jon Shulda, SAN and VMware administrator for Rotary International, said, “We needed to transform our IT infrastructure and processes to better support our strategic goals of increasing visibility of the Rotary brand. Leveraging EMC, VMware and VCE, many of our internal IT resources have transitioned away from an operational role to focus more on delivering new projects to our internal and external clients. Time to deliver underlying infrastructure for new projects has been reduced from a couple days to just a few hours in most cases, allowing us to be more proactive to the needs of organization. We're also able to ensure our mission-critical applications like SQL Server, SharePoint and Oracle are well-protected and scale to new data loads.”

According to EMC, Rotary International has experienced the following benefits:

  • Simplified management Rotary has reduced everyday system management time by 25 percent.
  • Strengthened data protection—It has eliminated tape and reduced the window for full backups from 72 hours to just two hours.
  • Predictable performance—The most utilized data is stored on the highest performing media, including flash drives.
  • Improved efficiency—Rotary reduced time to deliver new projects to its internal clients from days to hours.
  • Managing digital assets—The solution has increased performance, capability and scalability for Rotary’s growing digital assets.


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