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ViFX reels in Sealord with Nutanix deal

22 Oct 15

ViFX has reeled in Sealord Group in a deal which saw the Kiwi reseller deploying Nutanix web-scale infrastructure across the seafood company’s operations.

The Kiwi IT infrastructure and cloud consultancy procured and implemented Nutanix’s web-scale technology for Sealord, which was looking for replacement infrastructure for its nearly decade old storage area network.

The $500 million seafood enterprise’s more than 1350 staff rely on a range of factory production and product management systems to document and control the harvesting, packaging, weighing, labelling and distribution of seafood. These systems in turn depend on Sealord’s data centre to provide office factory, dock and remote workers with reliable, real-time access to the most up-to-date information.

Sealord was looking for replacement infrastructure that was easier to support and allowed the company to scale up.

Dave Thompson, Sealord Group information technology group manager, says as the business continued to expand, the company’s traditional SAN-based data centre environment was becoming a support issue.

“With a growing storage bottleneck, we saw the opportunity to adopt hyper-convergence-based technology,” Thompson says.

“The web-scale capability was a real driver, but what sealed the deal is just how simple it is to set up and manage. It took half a day to install and it virtually manages itself,” he says.

The company is using three Nutanix nodes, ensuring application-critical data is delivered with minimal latency.

The company’s data centre is now entirely automated and monitored with Nutanix’s Prism one-click management interface, allowing Sealord’s technical engineers to focus on other projects that deliver greater value to the business, rather than just keeping the lights on.

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