Since 1966 Northwest Pipe Company has been a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, the company operates nine manufacturing facilities in the US and one in Mexico.
Northwest Pipe’s network engineer, Jonathan Harris, had a lot on this plate when the economy finally turned around after the last recession. Key components of the IT environment had begun reach end-of-life, including server hardware and software at the remote sites. “Those file servers were put in service more than six years ago,” explains Harris. “Two servers from that timeframe suffered catastrophic hardware failure.” He calculated that updating the hardware and software (using the same solution architecture) would cost $160,000.
Having better visibility puts me so much further ahead of where I was. I’m able to troubleshoot much more clearly and see what's going on. It’s wonderful! There isn’t anybody else out there that offers a solution that could do all this. The applications are running the same or better than they did in the past. And we have all the protection we need for our data since it’s safe in the data center.
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