This Fortune 50 healthcare leader operates hundreds of companies around the globe, and is investing mightily in innovation to improve healthcare outcomes for patients—from digitizing products to surgical robots.

Problem: Wanted out of the forklift operation of storage arrays. You want to upgrade to the software or the hardware (new media, new CPU, new bezel)? Go get the forklift. You want to expand? Go get the forklift. You want DR? Go get the forklift. The company wanted to stop buying Toyotas. Not Corollas, but big orange forklifts, which is what Toyota rode to the top of the forklift market.

Back Story: Moved to software-defined storage for block tier 1 workloads using Dell EMC, away from arrays provided by a different three-letter vendor. Found that the promise was good, but the implementation was challenged because it wanted performance with data services, but couldn’t make it happen despite the core product architects getting involved. Dell EMC’s compression killed performance by 30 percent when turned on; encryption same thing. No deduplication, no easy rollout to the server farm, and not much future. The customer also didn’t want to be locked into the quasi-appliance business model that Dell EMC turned this business into in 2018. End of that part of the story.

New Story

  • Setup: Datera running on HPE server nodes with 2 petabytes on 20 servers loaded with SATA Flash for the first implementation.
  • Performance: 2X the performance of Dell EMC ScaleIO / VxFlex 0S on Dell PowerEdge servers.
  • Availability: Greater resilience with the ability to sustain two simultaneous rack failures (whereas Dell allows for just one failure). 
  • Expansion: Ability to expand to additional protocols beyond block (like object), and to mix and match server node configs and vendors within the same cluster (whereas Dell locks into Dell).
  • Intelligence: Full, cloud-based analytics suite with Datera, whereas Dell EMC provides virtually no analytics in ScaleIO / VxFlex OS and suggests you go buy a different product to get them, specifically Grafana. The full capabilities of Datera are enumerated in a proper white paper, so I’m not going to demean you by listing them all off here without sufficient detail, thereby leaving you unfulfilled. Oh, and no offense to the good folks at Grafana, but that “suggestion” from our top competitor is garbage. That’s like only knowing the first six digits of pi.