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Goodwill Industries® Doubles Throughput with V-locity I/O Reduction Software

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"Goodwill Industries® Doubles Throughput with V-locity I/O Reduction Software"

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys was facing performance issues related to SharePoint backups and their Kronos workforce management application.

Goodwill Industries' SharePoint backups were taking four to five hours to complete and would time out as a batch job, their Kronos workforce management was sluggish during peak hours, and 40 hours a month was spent managing the LeftHand SAN due to fragmentation issues.

“At the time we thought our only option was a premature rip-and-replace of our SAN architecture. Since a $300K expenditure wasn’t a luxury we could afford at the time, we needed a way to improve I/O performance on the hardware infrastructure we already had while also finding a space reclamation solution,” said Matthew Thompson, Database Systems Administrator.

Matthew looked into V-locity® I/O reduction software. Being somewhat skeptical that a 100% software solution could solve all his performance issues, Matthew reached out to the Condusiv sales team for an evaluation of V-locity in his real-world environment. 

“After V-locity was deployed, SharePoint backup times were cut in more than half. Backups that took four to five hours now take just two hours. I now have my Friday evenings back,” said Matthew.

The servers running Kronos workforce management software saw throughput double as well. Prior to V-locity, it took an average of 2.64 minutes to process 1GB of data with a maximum of 22.72GB per hour. After deploying V-locity, the servers running Kronos could process 1 GB of data in 1.26 minutes with maximum throughput jumping to 47.54GB per hour.

Since V-locity optimizes I/O at the VM layer, it ensures files are written in a clean sequential manner. Matthew no longer had the fragmentation issues that ballooned volumes on his HP LeftHand SAN.

"I no longer lose 40 hours a month babysitting my systems,” said Matthew.

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