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    Posted: Apr/07/2010 at 3:45pm
ARMONK, N.Y. - April 5, 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Kawasaki  is using a high performance IBM storage solution to help improve information management, simplify operations and speed key business processes.

Founded in 1968, Kawasaki markets and sells Kawasaki motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), personal watercraft and utility vehicles through a network of more than 1500 independent retailers with an additional 8400 retailers specializing in power products and general-purpose engines.  Looking for a solution to better manage their growing volume of orders and transactions, Kawasaki adopted a new storage platform that is easier and more flexible to manage together with its existing infrastructure.

With support from IBM and IBM Business Partner thinkASG, Kawasaki adopted an IBM XIV Storage System device with 27 Terabytes of storage capacity to deliver a wide range of high-end services and seamless integration with the company's existing IBM server platforms.

Thanks to the IBM XIV Storage System architecture, processes and reports that used to take several hours to run now take only 30 minutes to an hour. Provisioning of storage and new servers has become quick and simple and, data migration can now be performed in house.XIV is unique in the industry. Traditional storage systems can be slowed by a single data-heavy application. XIV’s honeycomb-like design distributes resource demands more evenly to avoid gridlock and recover much more quickly in a disaster recovery situation.  If one module fails, the data transfers to the other modules, and can perform a complete system restore in as little as 30 minutes, while other arrays can take up to eight hours.

“thinkASG understood our business, applied the IBM XIV technology as the right solution, provided the pre-sales design, the post sales implementation and the on-going technical support that made the deployment a huge success,” said Cindy Kindred, Senior Manager of IT for Kawasaki. “thinkASG provided the critical elements to connect IBM’s technology to resolving a real world commercial need.”

”As midsized companies increasingly face the same information needs as their larger counterparts, storage is becoming an increasingly important strategic asset for both reducing costs and improving performance,” said Marc Dupaquier IBM General Manager, Global Midmarket.

The company plans to consolidate and migrate all of its legacy storage systems onto the new XIV Storage System device by 2013. Kawasaki is also planning to leverage the snapshot feature of the XIV Storage System device to improve organizational efficiency.

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Glad to see IBM hanging in there. Look at companies like NCR and so many other that have folded in the last 10 years. At least these guy know how to change.
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