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Aeontech Tells Why Storage Hardware Vendors Will Hate ioFABRIC

With offices across Australia, Aeontech is the recognized leader in IT asset disposal in the country. Aeontech wipes and sanitizes over 50,000 hard drives and recycles 500,000 kg of IT equipment each year. Over 99 per cent is diverted from landfill.

Enough was enough

Prior to ioFABRIC, Aeontech was struggling with multiple storage challenges. Each storage vendor locked the company into its platform or storage silo. Every four years they insisted that Aeontech needed to upgrade its storage.

“Enough was enough,” said Shan. “We knew our storage wasn’t going to fail in four years and one day, but the vendors charged a premium for maintenance after the ‘initial four-year period’. It became unviable to keep older storage products.”

Storage is stuck in the dark ages

Shan said that like many companies, his IT budget is tight. Aeontech needed to look for innovative solutions to traditional / old problems. Physical storage in a virtual world simply doesn’t work.

He said: “I think everyone would agree that storage is stuck in the dark ages. Even ‘new’ products are really the same old products just rebranded and made easier to use.

“Almost all storage products still lock customers into their hardware, creating new storage silos and requiring hardware refreshes every three to four years.”

For years, storage has been an enormous and expensive challenge. Traditional SAN and NAS vendors’ storage products were developed for physical servers and simply cannot, and do not, deliver the performance, reliability and scalability required by the new enterprise.

Today, data needs to be always-on and always available – downtime is the enemy of business.

Modernizing with ioFABRIC

Shan recalls that Aeontech was struggling with its storage before the ioFABRIC data transformation.

He says that ioFABRIC immediately enabled the company to eliminate cost and complexity from its storage environment while delivering “incredible” application performance improvements without specialist or dedicated hardware.

“We didn’t need to make changes to any applications or the way users access data – it is all behind the scenes working at the block level, not the file level, which makes it exceptionally efficient.”

Delivering “time sharing” for storage

With ioFABRIC, warm data flows to ‘standard’ flash/SSDs, then when it ages or becomes inactive, it is automatically moved to slower spinning disks or the cloud. Essentially, the data manages itself across any storage vendor.

“Previously,” said Shan, “when we added RAM to a host, it was locked to that host. We often found lots of valuable RAM sitting idle for many hours a day. With ioFABRIC, all RAM on all our servers can be used 24 hours a day to drive incredible performance for our business – the best way to describe ioFABRIC is that it delivers ‘time sharing’ for all storage, regardless of storage vendor, make, or model.”

“I can’t wait to observe the storage vendors FUD (Fear Uncertainly and Doubt) as they try to justify why you need expensive proprietary hardware and why you need to replace perfectly good working storage every four or so years with new expensive storage that ultimately creates storage silos. Now compare that to what ioFABRIC delivers. Well, it is just amazing!”

Aeontech is proud of its ability to help all organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and be environmentally friendly when disposing of old or obsolete IT equipment. Aeontech also supplies professional and implementation services for vendors and their resellers.

You can read more about Aeontech’s experience with ioFABRIC here, or find out more about ioFABRIC’s smart storage capabilities.

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