CASE STUDY: FERRELLGAS

The Nation’s Premier Retail Propane Provider

“We’re an energy company, growing organically and through acquisitions. Violin Memory has played an important role in helping us scale our IT operations successfully.”
— FERRELLGAS, Violin Customer Since 2015

 

FERRELLGAS FACTS

  • More than 100,000 customers across the USA and Puerto Rico
  • Supports 46,000 portable tank exchange locations
  • Fuels one of the largest alternative-fuel fleets in the USA

Ferrellgas was facing the expiration of its lease of storage arrays from EMC. In considering its options, the company had to address the lagging performance of its arrays and the challenges of a three-tier storage model consisting of high-performance HDD, capacity HDD, and Flash. After narrowing the field to those that met performance requirements within budget, Violin Memory stood out amongst the competition, delivering the best performance and ease of use to drive growth and the need for exponential increases in performance for critical applications and workloads.

“The Violin operating environment is so easy to work with, and we no longer face the management complexity and challenges of a three-tier storage model. Today we have one high-performance tier, and our most critical applications have seen the kind of performance boost that only all-flash can deliver.”
— Bill Evans, VP, Information Technology, Ferrellgas


FERELLGAS USE CASE

FERRELLGAS NEEDED HIGH-PERFORMANCE STORAGE FOR GROWING NUMBERS OF CRITICAL APPLICATIONS AND WORKLOADS.

“Routing is a lifeblood application of our retail operations. With 2,300 trucks in the field, we need to provide routes for each of them every morning. This is a can’t-miss operation that requires the performance we’re achieving in our Violin environment.”
— Bill Evans, VP, Information Technology, Ferrellgas

VIOLIN FLASH STORAGE PLATFORM™ 7300

  • Consistent sub-millisecond latency
  • Inline data deduplication and compression
  • Thin provisioning, cloning
  • Native replication
  • Application and crash-consistent snapshots
  • Single-pane management anywhere in the world
  • Up to 70 TB raw, 217 TB effective

With mission-critical applications deployed on Violin’s FSP 7300, Ferrellgas continues to port approximately 1,000 SQL Server databases and over 500 Virtual Servers. The platform offers user selectable, block-level inline deduplication and compression to provide maximum effective capacity to customers like Ferrellgas. The FSP 7300 supports mixed-and multiple-workload environments across an entire range of primary storage requirements. With routing as a lifeblood application of the company’s operations, Ferrellgas needed to squeeze inefficiencies out of its logistical operations. Using the FSP 7300, which offers performance and consistent low latency, Ferrellgas is able to provide delivery route information each morning to more than 2,300 delivery drivers without delay.

Ferrellgas chose Violin Memory to both help drive its transition from legacy storage to an all-flash storage architecture, and to scale capacity to support its growth strategy.

“Routing is a lifeblood application of our retail operations. With 2,300 trucks in the field, we need to provide routes for each of them every morning. This is a can’t-miss operation that requires the performance we’re achieving in our Violin environment.”
— Bill Evans, VP, Information Technology, Ferrellgas