iF1 Solutions reduces IT operational expenses by replacing its aging SANs and servers thanks to StarWind HCA

Updated: June 24th, 2022

We choose StarWind because it was recommended by another partner.
Ease of deployment and cost were the key factors
that brought us to StarWind HCA.

Director

iF1

PROBLEM

Before introducing StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) into its IT infrastructure, iF1 Solutions had out-of-date HPE servers with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors on top. The company’s legacy HPE environments did not scale, and upgrade paths were confusing and poorly communicated. So, iF1 Solutions wanted to achieve scalability and follow the road of hyperconvergence with an appropriate solution that would be reasonably priced and allow to cut licensing costs. A Scale Computing product was the one that the company considered to buy but it turned out to be cost-prohibitive.

SOLUTION

iF1 Solutions has chosen StarWind HCA to replace its obsolete HPE servers and move to hyperconvergence. A 2-node StarWind cluster newly created allowed to achieve scalability and high availability (HA). Also, the StarWind product helped to reduce licensing costs by converting VMware ESXi virtual machines (VMs) to Hyper-V. All in all, thanks to StarWind, the company saves $10-20K per client vs HPE/Dell Solution. In the future, iF1 Solutions will keep replacing old HPE SANs and servers with StarWind.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Configuration
Appliance Model HCA V-Spec 7.6
Cluster Size 2 nodes
Cluster density 2U
Servers Dell PowerEdge R640
CPU 2 x Intel Xeon Silver 4208, 2.1 GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads per node
Memory 4 x 32 GB RAM (128 GB total) per node
Cluster Storage Capacity 7.6 TB of All-Flash storage
Disk Configuration BOSS card with 2 x 240 GB m.2 SATA in RAID-1 (for boot)
5 x 1.92 TB Intel S4510 Read Intensive SSD connected via Perc H740p w/ 8 GB of NVRAM cache
Networking 2 x 10 GbE SFP + & 2 x 1 GbE Base-T Intel X520 and i350 as network daughter card
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 2 x 25 GbE for storage traffic
Hypervisor Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

About the Company

iF1 Solutions is a Canadian managed services provider (MSP) and IT consulting firm focused on the legal and accounting sector.

Company Profile

Managed IT Services Provider (MSP)

Contact Person

Director

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