WHIPTAIL supercharges VDI for 16 municipality emergency services in the Netherlands

One of the largest emergency service units in the Netherlands, Veiligheids- en gezondheidsregio Gelderland-Midden (VGGM), has chosen WHIPTAIL ACCELA storage arrays to power an existing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project used in emergency situations for 16 municipalities within the Gelderland province. The deal marks WHIPTAIL’s first customer in the Benelux region, which will continue to be a key market in 2013 and beyond.

VGGM – a public sector relief organisation for fire and health serving more than 650,000 people across the province, including the municipalities of Arnhem, Westervoort, and Ede – has also powered its GEO data virtual desktop infrastructure project with WHIPTAIL’s silicon storage technology. VGGM’s relies on speedy and uninterrupted access to its built-in mapping and geographic information system (GIS), Esri ArcGIS, to get the best possible information on incident locations.

WHIPTAIL provides all-Flash storage designed to accelerate the performance of resource-hungry applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure. The company was the first to manufacture all-Flash arrays for the data centre, and is now working with a number of partners across Benelux – including Terach – to provide customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg with high-speed, high-performance storage. VGGM is WHIPTAIL’s first customer in the region, emphasising the company’s primary focus on the public sector market. Other key markets include education, financial services, and law and legal services.

Before introducing a Quest vWorkspace VDI platform, ArcGIS was powered by a traditional – and slower – hard disk storage area network (SAN) solution. Following a testing period against several other Flash storage vendors, WHIPTAIL ACCELA was selected by VGGM to power the virtual desktop infrastructure platform, split across two data centres 80km apart. Full implementation of WHIPTAIL ACCELA, including integration with Quest vWorkspace, took less than 24 hours.

“We needed to increase the speed and performance of the virtual desktop infrastructure as we had to eradicate any risk of causing problems for our emergency department,” commented Martijn Raaijmakers, System Administrator at VGGM.

“Even by optimising the existing storage array, the cost would have been over budget and it still would not have met our requirements. During testing, WHIPTAIL ACCELA achieved a speed 10 times faster on input/outputs per second and data transfer than the nearest rival. The emergency virtual desktops can access ArcGIS anytime, anywhere and uninterrupted. Incident response times have decreased and we have achieved a significantly lower total cost of ownership compared with our incumbent hard disk solution. User feedback has been very positive due to the performance improvement.”

Brian Feller, VP and General Manager at EMEA at WHIPTAIL added:

“What is crucial about this project is that the public sector across Europe is experiencing ever-leaner IT budgets but still has challenging targets to meet in terms of providing its services to citizens. With lower power consumption, lower space consideration and better response times, VGGM is reducing overheads whilst helping even more people.”

WHIPTAIL are a silver sponsor at this year’s Whitehall Media Enterprise Cloud Computing & Virtualization conference, to be held at the Hotel Russell, London, on 7th March.