O’Neill is the original Californian surf, snow and lifestyle brand. Founded in Santa Cruz, California, in 1952, the company pioneered the first neoprene wetsuit and continues to stay on the cutting edge of functional and innovative board-riding products. Today, O’Neill has locations across the globe.
The clothing dynasty used legacy servers as the backbone of its IT infrastructure, creating a host of challenges, including:
“We knew we needed to update our datacenter,” Peter McAneny said. “Our system was running way too slow, we were spending way too much to maintain legacy servers and we were wasting IT resources.”
O’Neill turned to Helixstorm, an IT services firm specializing in data center architecture, to solve its technology challenges. Helixstorm delivered a complete solution for the apparel giant, including:
Helixstorm exposed series issues within O’Neill’s existing IT environment and consolidated its datacenter, eliminating security vulnerabilities while extending resource capacity. The new system provided O’Neill with a more flexible and agile infrastructure to respond to changing business demands.
The new solution also enabled O’Neill to:
|Maximize existing IT resources|
|Increase the availability of hardware and applications for improved business continuity|
|Provide operational flexibility to the network and managing personnel|
|Reduce the recover time objective and recovery point objective|
Since the new data center transition, the company has seen major performance improvements and is no longer concerned about wasted resources and limited performance. They also noticed significant decreases in energy usage and bills.
“The project went exactly as planned — better even,” McAneny said. We hit all the goals we were aiming for, and we’re already experiencing a significant return on the investment. Helixstorm was great to work with because they understood our business goals and what we needed to grow from a technology perspective. We knew we could trust them to do everything – from the hardware to the software to the planning.”