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PeopleNet Turns to Evolving Solutions for a Successful Data Center Move

A Question of Space
Due to unprecedented growth in recent years PeopleNet, a mobile communications and onboard computing provider for effective fleet management, decided to relocate its datacenter to a larger Tier IV facility.

Like all businesses, PeopleNet's data center is critical to its business success. The corporate data is stored and managed on storage filers manufactured by NetApp and utilizes a storage area network (SAN) for redundancy and ease of management.

With the data center capacity at its limit, PeopleNet made the decision to move their center to a hosting company in St. Paul. As the time of the data center move approached, PeopleNet made the decision to seek assistance in taking down their systems and moving them to the new facility. They evaluated the capabilities of their current storage providers and determined they needed to find someone with experience in datacenter moves as well as a professional services company who are experts on storage. Through recommendations from their local manufacture rep, Evolving Solutions was brought in to facilitate the move.

Fast, Quality Service from Evolving Solutions
When PeopleNet approached Evolving Solutions with its data storage move, Evolving Solutions was quick to respond.

"Evolving Solutions understands that a data center glitch can mean catastrophe for a company," said Mike Keeler, Professional Services Manager, Evolving Solutions. "Part of our service is offering the customer peace of mind."

Due to the critical nature of the data being moved, Evolving Solutions brought in two IT storage architects to backup the data, power off the systems, assist with preparing the systems for the move and bringing the systems back on line.

"Preparing for such a transition of systems and data is not an easy project," said Keeler. "A typical data center move will take months of planning and preparation. Evolving Solutions was brought into the process late in the planning stage. Our Storage Architects assisted with preparation for the physical shutdown and reinstallation of the storage area network and attached storage."

"With everything that was going on it was nice to be able to leave our most important asset in the hands of Evolving Solutions!" Said Jim Lowell, VP of Software at PeopleNet, "Everything went well and we are now enjoying the benefits of our new data center in St. Paul."

For more information on the storage and server solutions and services provided by Evolving Solutions, visit www.evolvingsol.com or call 763-516-6500.

About PeopleNet
PeopleNet is a mobile communications and onboard computing provider serving the transportation industry. http://www.peoplenetonline.com

About Evolving Solutions
Evolving Solutions is an IT storage architect and open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Data On Demand, Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Evolving Solutions is both a CRN Magazine Fast Growth 100 and a Twin Cities Business Journal Fast 50 company. Evolving Solutions is also an IBM Premier Business Partner with an onsite Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC). http://www.evolvingsol.com

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