Home / Knowledge / News / Information Technology / Potpourri deploys FlashServer HA solutions
Potpourri deploys FlashServer HA solutions
06
Apr '13
Winchester Systems Inc., a leading data storage solutions provider, announced the deployment of FlashServer HA solutions at Potpourri Group, Inc. PGI is one of the leading multi-brand direct marketers in the United States, offering a broad array of products including home décor, casual apparel, gifts and accessories through catalogs and the Internet. PGI needed to improve its online and phone-sales transaction performance, especially during the busy winter holiday season -- and reduce operational risk and complexity.

"There were monthly processes... that we would defer during 'season,' because they were just so overhead intensive that it would impact our ability to take orders at the speed we needed," explained Randall Davis, PGI's Vice President of Information technology. To make matters worse, the company was struggling with the complexity and fragility of its clustered Oracle RAC database. "It got to the point where we just didn't want to touch it," said Davis.

The solution: replace the company's two clustered-database servers with a single, purpose-built FlashServer HA system and integrated Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage. FlashServer HA takes an entirely different approach to assuring critical workload uptime. Borrowing from the concept of RAID-1 hardware "mirroring" of data between two disks, FlashServer HA uses special hardware to "mirror" processing between two servers.

Every CPU instruction, memory change or I/O access is reflected across both system boards. If one server fails, the other takes over processing immediately. Application workloads continue running without any perceptible change in performance -- and in-flight transactions complete normally.

"We loaded it up, went through a couple Oracle patch installs, and it was like doing them on a standard server. The simplicity of doing things that needed doing was there," said Davis. "Then we started yanking things: power cords, trays, and disk drives... and it would just keep running. We had users on it, we had jobs running on it, and nothing failed."

Equally important, FlashServer HA integrated SSD storage provided sorely needed database acceleration. And just in time for the holiday season. "This year we never had to defer anything!" said Davis. "We just kept running our normal business the way we run it any other time of the year." Internal users can generate as many reports as they need without impacting customer transactions. "FlashServer HA really has taken a lot of worry off of my back," continued Davis. "Before, I had to sit and monitor the system, and shuffle processes or priorities around. This year I didn't have to do any of that."

Winchester Systems Inc


Must ReadView All

Egypt’s textile exports increase 3% in 10 months: TEC

Textiles | On 21st Nov 2017

Egypt’s textile exports increase 3% in 10 months: TEC

Exports by Egypt’s Textile Export Council (TEC) between January and...

UKFT turns sector skills body for UK fashion, textile sector

Textiles | On 21st Nov 2017

UKFT turns sector skills body for UK fashion, textile sector

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) recently announced at a...

Pakistan’s textile exports up 7.72% in July-Oct ’17

Textiles | On 21st Nov 2017

Pakistan’s textile exports up 7.72% in July-Oct ’17

The value of textile and garment exports from Pakistan increased by...

Interviews View All

Amardeep Singh
Orient Craft

'In export markets, the trend in terms of embroidery, is towards matte...

DK Sharma
Velocity Apparelz

We constantly communicate with employees at all levels

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek
Kannbar

‘Blending cultures is the true beauty of fashion, where one’s imagination...

Nitesh Mittal

Kusumgar Corporates is a leading manufacturer of technical textiles and...

Anupam Arya

<div>Jaipur-based Fabriclore Retailing Pvt. Ltd. is attempting to revive...

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

November 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
68.5%
No
12.4%
Skip
19.1%

Total Votes: 89

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.8%
No
30.3%
Skip
7.9%

Total Votes: 89

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
86.5%
No
10.1%
Skip
3.4%

Total Votes: 89

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
80.9%
No
9.0%
Skip
10.1%

Total Votes: 89


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search