For years, Jose Solis watched as his aging IT infrastructure presented ongoing reliability and availability problems. Managing multiple systems was difficult for his small team and meant most decisions and tasks had to funnel through him which presented a real risk to daily operations. In early 2020, he was finally ready to present a proposal to Classic Hotels management to sell them on moving to an HCI system that combined storage management, network, and compute in a single integrated system—and then Covid-19 hit.
Classic Hotels Successfully Managed IT Costs During a Pandemic
Classic Hotels owns and manages 6 luxury properties catering to business and leisure travelers in Arizona and California. Like many businesses in the hospitality industry, Classic Hotels was forced to reduce their workforce due to a substantial drop in revenue, including on the IT team. Now Jose, with an already aging IT infrastructure, was also losing team members, which made migration to hyperconvergence even more important.
Jose worked with us to standardize his IT infrastructure on the Scale Computing HC3 platform where he now runs 85 virtual machines (VMs) with improved data protection and faster data recovery. In addition, Classic Hotels quickly saw the benefit of the HC3 cybersecurity and ransomware protection system when the hotel chain was attached in early 2020. Thankfully, the data on HC3 was easy to recover, but their traditional backups took hours to days to restore.
Solis had this to say about the successful deployment:
“I never before felt confident that I could really take time off. It's good to feel needed but it's difficult when you have to always be available. For the first time I did not have to jump on the computer. If something needed to be done I could count on my team to manage, because of the simplicity of the HC3. The system is so simple to manage, Scale Computing is just the right way of doing IT.”
Holiday Inn Express Needed a Highly Available, Cost-Effective IT Infrastructure Setup
Recently, Holiday Inn Express, part of the IHG Group, opened a 305 room hotel located at Roissy CDG airport in France. Due to its location, it was cost-prohibitive to host the Property Management System (PMS) onsite as most hotels within the IHG Group do. In addition, the IT team was looking for a solution to simplify virtualization and ensure services were kept up and running 24/7 so they could provide outstanding service for their customers.
Scale Computing HC3 was able to meet their needs by providing disaster recovery, high availability, cloning, replication and snapshots on one system, all while saving money compared to their traditional deployments. Cyril Gilgenkrantz, Director at Holiday Inn Express, had this to say about the deployment:
“The deployment was smooth sailing and both IT Guard and Scale Computing were on hand throughout the entire process, from pre-sales right through to the final set up and deployment. The technology truly is simplified and easy to use, it took less than a day to deploy the platform, configure the machines and get up and running.”
Learn more about our deployment with Holiday Inn Express and if you are looking to upgrade your IT infrastructure to a cost-effective, reliable, and easy-to-use solution, contact us today to learn how we are enabling the next generation of HCI for edge computing.