SMD Builds a Big Data Cloud on FlexPod to Drive New Vehicle Management Product "Auto 360"
SMD (www.smd.co.za) is one of South Africa's leading vehicle management and sales companies with a focus on salvaged, preowned, repossessed and commercially used vehicles. Their challenges are to refurbish an aging IT, consolidate all applications and data on a single platform and prepare to market an image-rich and storage-hungry product. They chose NetApp to overcome these challenges. They have implemented FlexPod solution running Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, deployed NetApp clustered data ONTAP to prepare for growth. The results of implementing NetApp were simplified IT operations with a shared infrastructure for internal and external users, improved quality of service for SMD's staff across the country, gained seamless scalability to react flexibly and quickly on capacity demands and paved the way to a global business with big data in a cloud.