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Storage woes on the mend
DIAGNOSTIC TOOL MAKER ENGAGES SOLUTION PROVIDER TO IMPROVE SAS SYSTEMS
B Cy Lynn Haber revolves around two diag-
holestechmakestestinginstrumentsdesignedto nostic systems. The Cho-
help prevent chronic diseases, so the company knows lestech LDX uses a small
drop of blood to test for
the importance of early diagnosis and prevention. such conditions as diabe-
When it came to the health of its IT infrastructure, tes and heart disease, while
Cholestech decided to apply the same approach. the GDX system is used
for monitoring diabetes
Last year, Cholestech embarked on a three-year IT imple- patients.
mentation to overhaul its SAS (server-attached storage)
architecture, which was no longer meeting its expansion Just the facts
upon joining cholestech,
needs and was difficult to When Director of I T “We sold Cholestech with Adeara Siler conducted a 90-day IT
manage. Brent Siler joined Cho- on the storage side,” said Pillar assessment that led him
Cholestech, a $70 million lestech in 2005, he said Data Systems’ Scott Jensen. to conclude the company’s
company located in Hay- that one of his first tasks IT vision into focus. SAS architecture was lim-ward, Calif., contracted IT was to look strategically at “We now have a storage ited, expensive to expand
solution provider Adeara, the company’s IT require- solution that’s nimble and and difficult to manage.
of Sunnyvale, Calif., to ments and infrastructure, can change as our needs “We had enough storage
design and implement an consolidate processes, change,” Siler said. capacity for what we were
Axiom 500 storage and and draw up a three-to- Working side by side doing. We were in good
server virtualization solu- five-year technology road with Adeara, Cholestech shape, but we wanted to be
tion from Pillar Data Sys- map. But at the time, he has been busy identifying in great shape,” he said.
tems. The solution would didn’t know that in work- solutions to support the At the time, Cholestech
streamline resources and ing with Pillar, he would be company’s current needs had 27 stand-alone serv-allow for cost-effective ex- introduced to a technology while allowing the flexibil- ers with about 3TB of DAS
pansion and ease of man- ally—Adeara—that would ity to expand as the com- (direct-attached storage).
ageability. become invaluable in help- pany grows. The servers ran a number of
“We put a plan together ing to bring Cholestech’s Cholestech’s business [CONTINUED ON PAGE 38]
for Cholestech, and they
were happy with our initial
and long-term costs, and CASE FILE: Cholestech, Hayward, Calif.
also the flexible architec- Business problem Choles- Solution provider Adeara, of The solution Pillar Data
ture of the Axiom 500,” said tech’s NAS was difficult to man- Sunnyvale, Calif. Systems’ Axiom 500 storage
Bob Reny, senior account age and no longer scalable for and server virtualization solution
manager with Adeara, a its planned expansion
long-time Pillar partner.