Case Study: Whirlpool

About Client

Whirlpool is one of the world's top home appliance makers, specializing in laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, and compressors. Their products are sold under a bevy of brand names, including Whirlpool, Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag, Jen-Air, and Roper. The company markets and distributes these major home appliances in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

 
Whirlpool

The Need

Whirlpool has an application housing a large portion of its data on Fibre Channel. They struggled to find a Disaster Recovery solution that could handle this configuration. They ruled out storage-based replication, as it was expensive and did not provide them with the cloud-enabled solution they wanted.

Challenges

The DR test was for a complex, multi-tiered application that was going to be failed over as part of the test. This was a customer facing, revenue generating, production application of over 120 virtual machines (VM’s) running on VMware’s vCloud Air in their Texas datacenter which needed to be replicated and synced to a similar data center in Nevada. These VMs included working production, mission-critical systems of multiple application types and multiple customer SLAs.

The Solution – Disaster Recovery with RMM

RackWare was able to:

  • Provide complete disaster recovery for the application and its associated Fibre Channel data. The Fibre Channel portion of the origin was automatically replicated as a local partition in the target cloud environment.

  • Configure a policy to synchronize the entire server with the Fibre Channel portion without requiring FC in the target environment.

  • Accommodate the Fibre Channel data from the origin to the cloud, while keeping the application and all its data protected and available.

The Result

Whirlpool has been able to comply with its internal data protection and IT resiliency policies. They were able to reduce the cost and ineffective replication technologies in a short span, saving additional CapEx and ongoing OpEx to support the legacy solution.

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