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Columbia Distributing Company Reduces Server Power Consumption by 65 Percent and Storage Administration Time by 90 Percent With a Virtualized Dell Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

A huge increase in data processing and storage demands generated by increased business and new sales support technologies threatened to overburden Columbia's direct attach storage and aging server resources. As a solution Columbia implemented a virtual environment using Dell PowerEdge servers and a Dell EqualLogic Storage Area Network (SAN) to enable rapid deployment of new servers and storage capacity and help eliminate downtime. As a result Dell Global Infrastructure Consulting Services helped reduce implementation time by 35 percent for the server virtualization project.

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