Case Study — CASALE SA

Global leader in chemicals technology deploys hybrid cloud for security and data protection

Cloudian HyperStore Streamlines Scientific Collaboration at Casale

casale-1CASALE SA is a global leader in developing and licensing proprietary technologies in ammonia, methanol, urea, melamine and syngas production processes. Founded as Ammonia Casale in 1921, Casale remains one of the oldest and most innovative synthetic ammonia production companies in the world. Casale is notable for continuous technology innovation driven by its global team of highly specialized scientists and engineers who now rely on Cloudian hybrid cloud storage for streamlined collaboration.

The company is headquartered in Lugano Switzerland with branch offices in Czech Republic and mobile employees throughout the world.

Riccardo Donati, Head of IT at Casale, sought a storage solution that would be a secure, on-premises data repository that would securely store terabytes of data for up to five years. It needed to be easy to use and manage across the company’s multiple data centers, and be easily accessible to remote users.

As he researched alternatives, hybrid cloud storage — the combination of on-premises private cloud storage with policy-based tiering to the public cloud — emerged as the ideal back-end solution. This put Cloudian at the top of his list.

Cloudian HyperStore software made it easy for Casale to build the high availability, on-premises, Amazon S3-compliant storage solution that it wanted. It gave Casale mirrored data protection, unlimited scale, multi-data center storage, the ability to collaborate among its users, fully automated data tiering to the S3 public cloud, and support for all S3 applications — all behind its firewall.

Donati and his IT team especially liked the fact that HyperStore seamlessly integrated into their existing IT environment comprised of a fully virtualized data center with VMware as the primary infrastructure software.

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Results
  • Hybrid cloud storage: the ability to store data on-premises with the option to tier data to the public cloud
  • Scale-out storage for unlimited capacity expansion
  • Easy file sharing among on-site and remote users
  • Automated data replication across multiple data centers
  • Long-term data archiving

 

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“Not only did Casale achieve all our business objectives with Cloudian HyperStore, we got a robust hybrid cloud based on an object storage infrastructure that is 100% Amazon S3-compatible. We can access all available S3 applications and choose to store our data on-premises, or in the cloud—all behind our firewall.”

Riccardo Donati
Head of IT, Casale