The Detroit Pistons are considered by some to be a fabled team in the NBA. The Bad Boys era featuring Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Bill Laimbeer (as well as the 2004 championship team with the likes of Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace) had Motor City citizens on the edge of their seats for end-to-end entertainment.
Off the court, the Pistons organization was burdened with high IT costs and complexities that came with multiple existing storage vendors. However, the Pistons made a clutch shot by making Infinidat’s InfiniBox solution its platform of choice for consolidating applications and workloads, reducing IT costs and eliminating complexity of ongoing system management. Sticking with basketball terms, this fast break-paced approach to modernizing storage accelerates the refresh of its data infrastructure.
“Combining business and technical value with storage consolidation and ease of use is a decisive action – or, in basketball parlance, a slam dunk – for an enterprise that makes the strategic decision to lower costs and dramatically improve its application and workload environments,” said Steve Sullivan, Chief Revenue Officer at Infinidat.
Infinidat assists businesses and service providers in enhancing their ability to gain a competitive edge through data-driven strategies on a large scale. Infinidat's software-defined storage framework provides ultra-low latency, uninterrupted availability, robust cybersecurity for data storage and the capacity to expand, all while maintaining a considerably reduced total cost of ownership when compared to other storage solutions.
With Infinidat, the Pistons are streamlining their operations by migrating applications and workloads previously managed by three different vendors onto the InfiniBox platform. InfiniBox will serve as the primary storage solution for VMware environments, SQL databases and various file-based applications and workloads, including data storage, video content and file archives.
This transition is expected to result in substantial cost savings in capital expenditure and operational expenditure for the Pistons. Additionally, the Pistons' IT team values the user-friendliness of the Infinidat solution, which offers efficient automation capabilities.
“Infinidat's distinguished track record in pioneering storage technology, which not only ensures user-friendliness but also streamlines storage management significantly, played a crucial role in our selection of InfiniBox,” said Paul Rapier, Vice President of Information Technology for the Detroit Pistons. “Opting for a singular storage platform instead of grappling with three distinct ones unequivocally simplifies matters. Notably, Infinidat and their collaborative partner, Mainline Information Systems, went the extra mile to surpass our expectations.”
This partner-led solution demonstrates the strength of Infinidat’s relationship with its channel partner community. Mainline Information Systems brought together the Detroit Pistons and Infinidat and orchestrated a winning strategy that outperformed the competition.
Edited by Alex Passett