Emergencies force Safelite to break glass, add NetApp FlexPod

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Auto glass specialist Safelite underwent a storage transformation following a challenging 2016 hurricane season that put pressure on its business. The hurricanes prompted Safelite’s switch to all-flash NetApp FlexPod converged infrastructure paired with NetApp’s OnTap storage operating system to consolidate on-premises storage for high availability and disaster recovery for its outsourced insurance claims-management business.


Safelite Group Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, cobbled together a NetApp FlexPod with All Flash FAS arrays for its VMware virtual environment, and it added a SolidFire all-flash storage system to support virtual desktops used by 600 field locations and multiple contact centers. NetApp FlexPod is a series of validated reference architecture bundles that combine NetApp storage with Cisco Unified Computing System servers and switching. NetApp added SolidFire to its FlexPod lineup in mid-2017 with FlexPod SF, which runs SolidFire’s Element OS on Cisco servers.

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