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Lawter Replaces IBM storage with Zadara Virtual


Private Storage Array (VPSA) to Triple their Data
Storage Performance

As part of our infrastructure upgrade, we set an initial goal to double our performance. With
Zadara Storage, we tripled our performance. This was far beyond our expectations.
Antony Poppe, Global Network and Virtualization Manager, Lawter

Customer Profile:
Lawter serves the graphic arts,
adhesives, specialty coatings, aroma
chemicals and the synthetic rubber
industries. They are a global
business operating in over 20
countries with 11 manufacturing and
technology centers.
Challenge:
Replace older IBM storage
Improve scalability, performance,
security and simplify management
Move from CapEx to OpEx model
Solution:
Replaced IBM with Zadara Virtual
Private Storage Array (VPSA)
Results:
Tripled performance - from 11K
IOPS to 30K IOPS
Addressed scalability concerns
and simplified management
Moved from a CapEx model to a
pure pay-as-you-go OpEx model

Zadara helps Lawter address


performance, scalability, security
and cost concerns
Lawter is a company strong in pine
chemicals and built on products developed using pine chemical resources.
Lawter serves the graphic arts,
adhesives, specialty coatings, aroma
chemicals and the synthetic rubber
industries. Lawter, has a long history
and is a result of many highly successful
businesses coming together over more
than 60 years. Today, they are a global
business operating in over 20 countries
with 11 manufacturing and technology
centers. Their strength is built on
formulating technology, strategic raw
material sourcing and their global
network of manufacturing capabilities.

The company recently embarked on an
IT initiative to upgrade their storage
infrastructure that was supporting their

SAP applications worldwide. The goal


was to replace their older IBM storage
with a more scalable, higher performing
and easier to manage solution.
Additionally, they set a goal to move
from a capital-expense (CapEx) to an
operational-expense (OpEx) model.

With business critical SAP applications
hosted by Dimension Data in both
Amsterdam and London, Lawter was
looking to leverage the scalability and
flexibility of cloud-based, as-a-service
solutions. Their SAP application ran on
SQL Server in a High-Availability (HA)
cluster.

When we moved our


storage from a traditional
array into the cloud, we
were very impressed with
Zadaras performance
isolation.
Zadara was the only
solution we could find that
provided isolation to
eliminate the noisy
neighbor problem.
Additionally, their as-aservice business model
dramatically reduced our
management overhead,
further reducing our overall
costs.

Antony Poppe, Global


Network and Virtualization
Manager, Lawter

With the guidance of their partner virtualization manager for Lawter.


Dimension Data, Lawter identified "They were the only solution we could
Zadara Storage as a candidate for their find that provided isolation to
storage needs. With an enterprise- eliminate the noisy neighbor problem.
grade storage solution, offered as a Additionally, their as-a-service business
pay-as-you-go OpEx service, the Zadara model dramatically reduced our
storage cloud met their primary needs. management
overhead,
further
After a thorough analysis, Lawter chose reducing our overall costs."
to proceed with Zadara Storage as the
foundation of their new storage By replacing their older storage array
infrastructure.
with the Zadara VPSA, Lawter has been

able to move away from a CapEx model
One of Lawters primary concerns was and leverage the OpEx Storage-as-athat the prior IBM infrastructure was Service model provided by Zadara
only providing about 11,000 IOPS, and Storage. In addition to the cost
Lawter needed a minimum of 20,000 advantages of an OpEx-only model,
IOPS in each location. With
Lawter is now fully elastic
the support of Dimension
and scalable in all
We tripled our
Data, Lawter deployed the
directions. They can add or
performance.
Zadara Virtual Private
remove storage capacity
This was 50%
Storage Array (VPSA)
and performance as needed
higher than our
Enterprise Storage-as-aand only pay for what they
Service architecture and is
use. This eliminates the
original goal.
now seeing 30,000 IOPS
need to over provision
or triple their prior performance and storage resources, and therefore,
50% greater than their initial target.
further reduces costs.


A related performance goal was to Lawter was facing typical data storage
address the noisy neighbor problem challenges scalability, performance,
where shared resources allow one security and cost containment. By
application to impact another applica- investigating their options, they
tions performance. The Zadara VPSA realized that Zadaras cloud-based,
architecture supports full isolation, so storage-as-a-service not only solved
that performance is guaranteed and their initial challenges, but moved
not impacted by other applications or them from a CapEx model into a true
users.
OpEx model. This both reduces cost

and management overhead, but also
"When we moved our storage from a enables Lawter to eliminate the 3-5
traditional array into the cloud, we year replacement cycle. With Zadaras
were very impressed with Zadaras Storage Cloud, Lawter can rest easy
performance isolation," said Antony knowing that they have a fully scalable,
Poppe,
global
network
and and elastic storage infrastructure.

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