New applications and technologies are transforming the expectations we have of our IT, requiring the data center to keep pace with this evolution. With an eye toward digital transformation, organizations are looking to introduce microsegmentation, virtualization and cloud into their data centers. Iron Bow is aligned with leading OEMs and certified on the latest technologies to help make this transition. Our data center experts develop efficient infrastructures to give you better access to and ability to work with the data you have. Our solutions can be deployed to work on premise, via the cloud or in a hybrid model.
Private Cloud Infrastructure – designing the modern data center includes integrating the latest technology and approaches with legacy systems for efficient and secure cloud access within the organization.
Virtualization and Automation – transferring computing from the device to a server environment allows for easier and more efficient administration as well as quicker roll out of new applications and functionality.
Disaster Recovery – planning for the worst means minimal disruption to business in the event of technology failures.
Big Data and Analytics – you have plenty of data, with the right technology you can collect, store and analyze it to make a more informed business decisions.
Device Lifecycle Services – ensuring all data center technology is up-to-date and fully secure as long as it is servicing users.
Programmability (Orchestration + Automation) – you may use 50 or more tools to do your job. Combine the functionality of similar products, create dashboards and enable a single action to be implemented across multiple products.
Iron Bow in Action
Storage and Management Solution
A client engaged Iron Bow to provide and integrate next generation storage and management solutions in support of a storage area network upgrade and technology refresh project. The SAN upgrade project required the implementation of a common storage infrastructure across ten different locations. The solution was centered on the Dell EMC VNX array hardware and software products which met or exceeded all of the client’s task and technical objectives for storage and infrastructure management. Iron Bow’s Dell EMC/Cisco storage solution was fully fault tolerant and based on Open Standards for full interoperability and compliance. Iron Bow successfully addressed specific issues encountered at the individual locations, while permitting seamless control and monitoring from a single seat at the main site with full compliance to relevant standards.
Iron Bow’s solution was scalable, cost-effective and included full data migration from their existing and aging storage architecture. Implementation of this solution enabled current and future operations to continue with little to no impact during the upgrade period and also provided a strong centralized management capability.
Iron Bow was contracted to design and deploy an Active-Active data center with synchronous mirroring to support the implementation of a full Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution for over 2,500 users. The solution utilized both sites based on the hot-hot design rather than utilizing the more standard hot-cold design where half the assets remain offline. The design incorporated load balancing capabilities to ensure the client would never experience any loss of production in the event of a single site catastrophic failure. The solution also included a robust data protection architecture to ensure data was backed up, easily managed and quickly recoverable. Iron Bow performed a pre-installation assessment, designed, procured and deployed a highly available and highly flexible upgrade that leveraged existing infrastructure to reduce costs.
This project was completed in several phases. Initially the focus was on delivery of Active-Active mirrored data centers with load balancing between the two sites, and installation of Dell EMC VPLEX virtualizing storage to make data mobile, enabling continuous availability and relocation across multiple data centers, effectively creating a private cloud and growth on-demand. Another phase was focused on delivery of 143TB Dell EMC VNX Network Attached Storage (NAS) at each site and migration of 10TB of data and computing environments from the legacy Dell EMC NS40F NAS storage system. A third phase prioritized the COOP/DR functionality for CCAD with Avamar for data protection. The last piece was the upgrade of the HP Server infrastructure and integration with VMware that supported the entire infrastructure and allowed for flexibility and management of the VDI architecture.
The client received branch-wide recognition for this successful effort and has since hosted multiple groups to showcase the architecture.
Iron Bow was engaged to provide a lifecycle upgrade and replace all end-of-life equipment at a Department of Defense data center location. The solution is comprised of products and services from multiple manufacturers, including NetApp and HP. Iron Bow also provided a VMware solution to accomplish a complete data center consolidation, which allowed the client to reduce their computing infrastructure from over 200 physical servers down to less than 25. The Iron Bow team was responsible for the migration of the existing applications being supported. The new system provides the client with improved scalability, better performance and easier provisioning, monitoring and troubleshooting of their computing environment.
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On premise or in the cloud, you make decisions on where the data and functionality live and how to pay for it.
Designed around how users access and use data and applications.