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October 26, 2010

Independent Bank deploys EMC, VMware offerings

Virtualise, consolidate and streamline storage and server environments

By CBR Staff Writer

EMC, a provider of information infrastructure offerings, has said that Independent Bank, a Michigan-based bank holding firm has deployed EMC and VMware offerings to virtualise, consolidate and streamline its storage and server environments.

The Bank said that the deployment of EMC and VMware offerings will increase the efficiency and flexibility, and protection to its key data assets.

The Bank estimates that EMC and VMware offerings have enabled the company to eliminate 65 physical servers through virtualisation and avoid additional physical server expenditures as the environment continues to grow.

In addition, it also reduced the time to deploy a physical server from a day to 1-2 hours with virtual machines; reduce server-related power consumption; and reduce the bank’s backup storage capacity requirements.

The streamlining of bank’s storage and server environment allowed the bank to maintain existing staff count as the storage infrastructure grew 40% from 8.5 to 12 terabytes over the last 18 months.

Independent Bank chief information officer Pete Graves said their virtual data centre is the first phase of their journey toward private cloud, which will enable them to get even more utilisation, agility and efficiency from their IT resources.

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"EMC’s roadmap for integrating EMC and VMware offerings and developing new offerings is continually in line with our strategy to become more efficient and competitive," Graves said.

Independent Bank enterprise architec Tom McKowen said in a virtual world, they’ve seen tremendous savings in time and flexibility when they implement or update their systems.

"And, because EMC RecoverPoint and VMware are so tightly integrated, we can target different recovery objectives across both our physical and virtual environments and without increasing complexity," McKowen said.

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