June 19, 2008 - Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) purchased and deployed DataCore Software’s SANmelody storage virtualization software.


MCCS works with the Marine Corps in Okinawa and provides shops, restaurants and recreation activities for the Marines and service members in Okinawa. Anything to do with recreation as well as retail and services, including bowling centers, restaurants and athletics facilities, falls under the remit of MCCS.


SANmelody now forms the foundation for the MCCS IT department’s consolidation and modernization approach. SANmelody virtualizes, safeguards, manages and thin provisions storage for MCCS, while optimizing disk storage utilization, simplifying administration and boosting overall performance, according to SANmelody.


“SANmelody has revolutionized and simplified the way we can approach how we deploy applications,” said Robert Wayt, network manager at MCCS Okinawa. “It’s faster, easier and efficient. We no longer have a server with all the internal disk space ‘hard-wired’ and solely dedicated to itself. We can network and fully use the storage that we purchased and avoid waste. Now we can share resources through efficient thin-provisioned volumes to other servers that are in need of disk space. SANmelody’s virtual approach has revolutionized the way we work.”


MCCS Okinawa is now managing 5 TBs of data with SANmelody. This comprises the enterprise database (SQL server), the email database and the email archive database as well as file services and sharing with some network-based services. In the short term, the IT team states that they will have more systems coming online soon – managed by the virtual SAN. Specifically, MCCS Okinawa plans to do a full deployment of Sharepoint. Without SANmelody, the IT team notes that a deployment of this kind would take far longer.

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