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August 10, 2010

TTX Uses EMC and VMware Platform in Implementing Virtual Private Data Centers

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Access to fast and accurate information is crucial for providing top quality customer support and for staying one step ahead of the competitors. TTX, North America's leading provider of railcars and related freight car management services was seeking to sharpen its competitive edge by speeding access to critical business information. In order to realize its goal, the company has implemented a new virtual private data center based on EMC and VMware products.

EMC Corporation (News - Alert), the renowned provider of information infrastructure solutions has recently announced through a press release that TTX Company has chosen EMC and VMware technology to serve as the foundation of the company's virtual private data center and next generation backup and recovery implementation. The deployment has helped TTX achieve 98 percent  virtualization of its servers. This in turn would significantly reduce the company’s operational costs associated with its newly streamlined backup and recovery processes. 

“We depend on fast and accurate information to stay ahead of our competition and differentiate our services. Previously, it was difficult to monitor and generate reports on all aspects of our nearly 200,000 railcars' performance, reliability and availability. With EMC as the foundation, we can capture and readily access this information to rapidly respond to customers' needs and lead with competitive bids,” Rob Zelinka, TTX's director of IT infrastructure, said.

When the time came for TTX to switch from a mainframe to a fully virtualized, open systems server environment, it evaluated technologies from NetApp, H-P, IBM (News - Alert) and Compellent and finally chose to work with EMC – the world’s one of the most preferred storage vendors for virtualized server environments. TTX officials informed that to support its environment, TTX chose EMC CLARiiON network storage systems as the foundation of the information infrastructure to flexibly scale to support the changing needs of the business in the future. 

TTX also embraced VMware virtualization technologies, which reduced its siloed environment of 500 physical servers to 40 optimized servers. The company is now 98% virtualized. 

In addition, TTX deployed a next generation disk-based backup and recovery strategy centered on EMC Data Domain (News - Alert) deduplication storage systems. Together, EMC and VMware helped TTX not only to simplify its environment and enable its small team of employees to focus on business critical issues, but also to reduce power consumption by more than 50 percent and its overall datacenter foot print by nearly 79 percent.

TTX also deployed EMC RecoverPoint and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, which helped the company to automate its disaster recovery processes for its physical and virtual environments to eliminate complex manual recovery steps and provide continuous data protection and remote replication for on-demand protection and recovery. This dramatically improved TTX's service level agreements and reduced its operational costs.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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