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At any factory, downtime is expensive. "If we shut down for a customer such as Honda, that’s 10 grand a minute," says Sean Henry, senior manager of auto parts manufacturer American Showa.
A recent ransomware attack is one example. The highly sophisticated attack revealed the company’s aging infrastructure. "The people behind the ransomware had a help desk line, where they could tell you how to get bitcoin. These are literally corporate pirates—their whole business strategy is figuring out how to do evil more efficiently," Henry recalls.
For virtually every application that we have moved to the new system, our users have noted a performance improvement. Some things are definitely running twice as fast. Also, we did pay a sizeable set of maintenance fees on the old array—so basically, we’re getting new performance for what we were paying to keep the status quo.
Sean Henry Senior Manager, American Showa
Henry met with the NetApp team, who recommended NetApp HCI as the platform to consolidate aging hardware in the company’s infrastructure into one secure and scalable private cloud. The team also suggested that another NetApp HCI might provide an efficient high-speed platform for the company’s manufacturing execution system (MES).
The biggest benefits come back to security and progress. "We've been able to shore up a critical vulnerability in our infrastructure. We've been able to improve the performance of the applications, and we've been able to provide better management of the overall infrastructure than what we had. And the fact that we can move forward on MES and can make good on that commitment—I would say that makes management very relieved. We’ve been able to achieve the performance goals that were put forward for us."