Empire Airlines Soars to New Heights with Scale Computing
Sep 14, 2020
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Founded in 1977, Empire Airlines in Hayden, Idaho flies 50 aircraft for FedEx, as well as passenger and cargo aircraft for Hawaiian airlines. In addition to its air carriers, Empire Airlines has a maintenance repair overhaul facility in Idaho, where the company takes airplanes apart and puts them back together.
According to Melanie Ellingson, director of IT at Empire Airlines, the company was looking to upgrade its legacy IT infrastructure with a virtualization solution. Ease of use was a priority for Ellingson, who said she wanted a simple solution that did not require additional training or specialized personnel to maintain the IT infrastructure. After researching competitors, Ellingson selected Scale Computing, remarking, “With Scale Computing, you plug it in, turn it on and you’re running. That’s all there is to it.”
How Empire Airlines Leveraged Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions like the HC3 virtualization platform eliminate the need to combine traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage from separate vendors to create a virtualized environment. The HC3 all-in-one appliance architecture makes it easy to deploy fully integrated, highly available virtualization out of the box. With HCI, you can more easily deploy your virtualization architecture to consolidate servers in your environment and eliminate the need for storage appliances like SAN and NAS. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects problems in the infrastructure in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime even when local IT resources and staff are scarce.
The platform combines self-healing with intelligent automation, empowering Scale Computing customers to spend less time on infrastructure maintenance and more time focusing on strategic projects to grow their business. Since implementing Scale Computing HC3, Ellingson said she and her team save time bringing up servers, adding, “If I need something, it’s there instantly. Before, I had to research hardware, get it delivered, put it in a rack. Now we have time to work on other projects.”
At Scale Computing, our HC3 architecture combines hyperconverged infrastructure for everything from centralized data centers to widely distributed edge computing use cases, and comes fully equipped with a number of built-in disaster recovery capabilities. Even in an emergency with the failure of hardware components or entire appliances, HC3 infrastructure lets you keep critical apps – and your entire organization – up and running.
After one drive failure, Ellingson said the combination of the HC3 platform and Scale Computing support team ensured Empire Airlines had minimal downtime. Ellingson noted, “HC3 alerted us, we called Scale Computing’s support team, they sent a new drive to us the next day, we put it in and we were done. I can’t stress how easy it is.”
Driving Performance with Edge Computing
With 16 locations across the U.S., Empire Airlines also benefits from an edge computing solution. Scale Computing HC3 brings simple, available, and affordable infrastructure to edge computing. The solution meets the company’s demands for operating a distributed enterprise with its highly available features that make it ideal for multiple industries. The HC3 platform also provides the flexibility, ease of use, and scalability that many customers require to create reliable and efficient working environments.
With HC3, organizations are able to improve the availability of critical workloads, rapidly scale their infrastructure, enhance disaster recovery capabilities, and do it all more simply and easily. HC3 is modern infrastructure for modern companies across industries. For more information on Scale Computing HC3, visit here.
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