Intelitek Selects Red Hat Storage and Amazon Web Services for Cloud NAS Initiative

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June 25, 2012

Intelitek was looking for a scalable, flexible, and affordable cloud computing infrastructure to meet the time-sensitive demands of its target markets.

Customer: Intelitek Inc.

“We needed a storage solution that allowed us to keep our current API, while providing cloud services and capabilities to our customers."-Alon Kadury, Vice President of R&D Intelitek

Industry: Other
Geography: North America
Country: United States


Business Challenge:

Intelitek was looking for a scalable, flexible, and affordable cloud computing infrastructure to meet the time-sensitive demands of its target markets.

Software:

Red Hat ® Storage deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Hardware:

Load balancer, Apache servers, and Red Hat Storage running on Amazon EC2 instances. Red Hat Storage utilize Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS).

Benefits:

With Red Hat® Storage deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS), Intelitek gained a highly available and scalable NAS storage technology that is easy to deploy and maintain.

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Background:

Intelitek Inc, delivers innovative technologies on the forefront of robotics, motion control, and e-learning technology education. The company’s products are used by high schools, universities, and corporations around the globe. Intelitek provides a wide range of solutions, including Learning Management Systems (LMS) along with robots, CNC, CAD, CAM, hydraulics and pneumatics devices, PLCs, sensors, process control, and data acquisition products.

Business Challenge:

Creating a storage and cloud strategy
A large number of educational institutions heavily rely on Intelitek to provide leading-edge technology to meet the rapidly changing need for learning solutions in various industries, including engineering, automated manufacturing, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, and advanced manufacturing technologies. For one of its largest customers, Intelitek knew that utilizing the cloud was the best choice to ensure customer success as it delivered the flexibility and scalability required. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the ideal partner for this project. However, AWS offered Simple Storage Service (S3) as part of its portfolio. In order to use S3, Intelitek would need to rewrite parts of its applications to be compatible with the S3 API. This proved to be costly and time-consuming.

“We are fans of Amazon and its cloud offerings, which is why we selected AWS for our customers,” said Alon Kadury, Vice President of R&D at Intelitek. “However, the storage Amazon provides with S3 would have required us to change our applications to work with its API. These changes would have taken our developers hours of work which could be spent on other projects. We needed a storage solution that allowed us to keep our current API, while providing cloud services and capabilities to our customers.”

Solution:

Intelitek chooses Red Hat Storage
Intelitek learned that Red Hat Storage could deliver NAS in the cloud on AWS, and it quickly became clear this was the right solution to deploy its current applications in the cloud. Prior to its February 2011 proof of concept (PoC) with Red Hat Storage, Intelitek considered other technologies--but these solutions were unable to deliver the services desired.

Intelitek is using Red Hat Storage on AWS with Apache servers running on EC2 instances. One of Intelitek’s main concerns with AWS was the requirement to rewrite its existing POSIX-compatible applications in order to run within the AWS cloud. Red Hat Storage would eliminate this requirement because it is POSIX-compatible and easily to deploy in the AWS cloud.

“Red Hat Storage provides us with a robust solution that doesn’t interfere with our code during the transition to AWS,” said Kadury. “With Red Hat Storage, we were able to deliver the product to the customer quickly for this specific use case. The solution has been so beneficial, and I truly value Red Hat and Amazon’s strategic partnership.”

Benefits:

Red Hat Storage provides superior availability, performance, and support
“I immediately recognized the innovation of Red Hat Storage, especially its ability to move POSIX applications seamlessly and was amazed by the solution’s scalability and high performance capabilities,” said Kadury. “Instead of months and months to get up and running, our PoC was up and running on-the-fly, and we were able to deliver the product to our customer quickly. It’s as simple as: install it, use it, and you’re up and running.”

Additionally, Intelitek required a storage solution that was extremely scalable, and the cloud was the perfect fit. Red Hat Storage aggregates the power of large numbers of Amazon EC2 and EBS resources within AWS, allowing Intelitek to receive high-performance file storage and enabling them to scale on-demand to gigabytes of throughput and petabytes of capacity.

“Red Hat Storage gave us the best experience with superior availability, performance, and pricing,” said Kadury. “It is really the best decision we could have made.”

With Red Hat Storage, Intelitek also received outstanding technical support. “We have a great relationship with the technical support team at Red Hat. The Red Hat support team is easily accessible, and our levels of communication continue to be extremely open,” said Kadury. “It is very crucial, especially when dealing with such a high-end customer, to have a support team that tends to your needs. Our customers rely on us, and we rely on Red Hat Storage.”

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