Kelly Aerospace reduces its IT operational expenses (OpEx) by deploying a hyperconverged infrastructure with StarWind HCI Appliance (HCA)

Published: January 19th, 2023

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Director IT

PROBLEM

Before implementing StarWind HCI Appliance (HCA), Kelly Aerospace had a small older PC-based server farm with no redundancy or reliable backup solutions. It was built and added on through the years with no real growth plan. So, the company needed to replace its existing servers with a plan for future growth and redundancy. Kelly Aerospace did look briefly at several providers, but after viewing some demos and taking advice from someone that was using StarWind at the time, they ultimately chose StarWind and could not be happier.

SOLUTION

Kelly Aerospace has chosen StarWind HCA as it seemed a very practical, easy-to-manage, and out-of-the-box turnkey solution. To accomplish the same thing without StarWind would have been a very large task involving many different technologies and external specialists to set up. Being a very small IT department, this was not feasible and would have cost exponentially more in the long run. StarWind HCA gave the company the newer technologies that the old PC-based servers could never offer them. Also, the critical issue of redundancy was fixed. As the business does grow, Kelly Aerospace feels confident that StarWind can help them meet needs and new requirements going forward.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Configuration
Appliance Model HCA P-Spec 13.4
Cluster Size 2 nodes
Cluster density 2U
Servers Dell PowerEdge R640
CPU 2 х Intel Silver 4208, 2.1 GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads per node
Memory 8 x 16GB Dell DDR4 Registered (128 GB total) per node
Cluster Storage Capacity 13.4 TB of SSD storage
Disk Configuration Dell Perc H740P MiniMono Controller
8 x Dell 1.92TB 6Gbps SATA Mix Use TLC 2.5″ SSD S4610 per node
Dell BOSS 2 x 240GB M.2 SSD
Networking Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP
Hypervisor Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

About the Company

Kelly Aero is a leading original equipment manufacturing supplier to the aviation industry and the world’s largest private OEM for aircraft aftermarket magnetos, replacement parts, and ignition harness based in Montgomery, U.S.

Company Profile

Aviation Manufacturing/Repair

Contact Person

Director IT

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