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Mendelsons Solicitors Selects DataCore Virtualization to Consolidate Storage for Blade Servers, Red Hat Linux and Windows SQL and Exchange Systems

Mendelsons Solicitors Selects DataCore Virtualization to Consolidate Storage for Blade Servers, Red Hat Linux and Windows SQL an

MANCHESTER, England, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- DataCore Software today announced that Mendelsons Solicitors, a preeminent law firm in the North of England, has selected DataCore's SANmelody(TM) as their enterprise storage management solution of choice. SANmelody will serve as a mission-critical part of the enterprise's IT infrastructure software and enable the firm to achieve a key business objective, which is to deploy a data storage solution that is not only fast, but also extremely reliable in consolidating storage for its wide range of Linux and Windows systems.

Mendelsons specializes in the field of personal injury work, and they have traditionally had a very open and forward-thinking approach to utilizing their IT facilities to the fullest. A few years ago, the senior management of the firm made the policy decision to allow staff and external consultants to remotely access their IT facilities from home, thereby giving them the freedom of working at their own pace and also freeing up expensive, city centre office space. In order to make this operational change actually work, finding a robust, scaleable data storage solution was of paramount importance.

Expesys, an IT consultancy to the legal sector in the Northwest of England, had been an advisor to Mendelsons for a number of years. It was through Expesys that Mendelsons discovered DataCore Software for their storage virtualization needs. "Expesys convinced us that DataCore technology would provide unprecedented purchasing flexibility and future-proofing by enabling our firm to fulfill portability and price/performance requirements across a broad choice of systems and devices," said Yaakov Smith, IT Director, Mendelsons Solicitors.

Mendelsons required a storage solution that could provide storage to a thin-client system with the remote server in a hosting centre. This design allows for increased security and reliability with reduced maintenance and support. The solution needed to be compact and scalable for additional servers and storage in the future. Support had to be carried out remotely and had to be easy to do. It was thought a blade solution would be ideal for the server side, but this has limited onboard storage, so an external storage solution was needed to provide scalability. A blade server solution was purchased to host the applications. Each blade contains two 36GB SCSI disks which are being used to host and mirror the OS. There are 12 SCSI disks in each DataCore storage server. In addition, with each server there is also an external Fibre SATA disk raid array with 16 disks.

"DataCore's SANmelody was the only product we found that would satisfy Mendelsons' requirements of performance, mirroring, fast disk to disk snapshot, ease-of-use, maturity of product and would fit into our client's budgetary constraints," said Daniel Niasoff, IT Consultant, Expesys.

SANmelody provides the underlying storage for critical data that comes from Windows and Red Hat Linux applications, including Exchange, SQL, Tivoli, Progress, as well as various ad-hoc files and backup data. As deployed, the storage servers mirror each other and transparently failover, if required. This also allows maintenance to easily take place as one storage server can be taken down for maintenance upgrades without affecting production. The high- speed SCSI storage is used to provision time-sensitive storage for database and exchange use, and the SATA storage is used for file and backup storage. The SANmelody configuration manages 8Tb SATA disk and 720Gb SCSI disk. 1.2Tb of mixed SATA/SCSI disk is mirrored, 1.5Tb is used for Snapshot Backup and a further 2Tb storage is used for Tivoli Storage Manager backups.

"For our firm, the speed of storage is key and we can now report that SANmelody is one of the fastest performing systems out there," said Yaakov Smith. "The server-based system is far more flexible and allows us to mix-and- match our hardware to suit requirements. In our implementation we have chosen hardware that was significantly cheaper and faster than dedicated storage solutions, which means you are not limited to an expensive proprietary solution. Because the solution is based on Windows, everyone here knows how to use it without any special expertise required."

About Mendelsons Solicitors

Mendelsons Solicitors are a niche personal injury law practice based in Manchester city centre.

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software fundamentally changes the economics of managing storage. DataCore's disk server software easily adds capacity expansion and centralized storage management for Windows, UNIX, Linux, VMware, MacOS, and NetWare systems. DataCore is privately held with corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit .

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