An Interview with Brian Oamek, Senior Systems Architect at Trek Bicycle
Background: Trek Bicycle is a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration.
We recently caught up with Brian Oamek, senior systems architect at Trek Bicycle, to find out what’s happening at Trek. Here are some of the highlights of our call.
Q. What were some the key IT and business challenges you were facing prior to Nutanix?
A. Late last year I was tasked with designing the compute and storage layers for a Test/Dev/DR datacenter. All of the usual suspects where there: Tight budget, space/power constraints, short timeline, limited staff resources, and of course we could not sacrifice high availability or performance!
Q. Why did you choose Nutanix?
A. Nutanix and Trek have something very important in common, both manufacture products that are simple to use while providing world-class performance. When you take those features and match them with fast deployment and a price tag that blows legacy server/SAN out of the water, it is an easy sell!
Q. Are there any plans to expand the use of Nutanix beyond test/dev and DR?
A. Yes, we are in the process of standing up two new regional data centers in Europe and Asia-Pacific. These will be production sites with high performance and resiliency requirements, however, both locations have significant space and power limitations. As Nutanix meets (or exceeds) all of our requirements and also consumes far less space and power than traditional FC options, it is definitely at the top of the list.
Q. Have the Nutanix systems lived up to your expectations?
A. Absolutely. They have been performing extremely well. I have received very positive feedback about the improvements in application performance from our developers. But more importantly, Nutanix truly is a ’set it and forget it’ environment. I no longer have to check the storage infrastructure every day and make sure everything is performing well. I am confident that it is doing its job. I also love the easy one-click upgrades. With Nutanix, everything works even better than advertised.
Q. Will you be attending next this year?
A. Yes, I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I am looking forward to all of the technical sessions. I want to hear what other customers are using the product for. The conference is a great opportunity to network with all of Nutanix’s other customers and partners. I plan on attending as many of the technical deep-dive sessions as I can to get a better understanding of all the features that Nutanix offers. And finally, I want to hear about the new solutions and features that Nutanix will be introducing this year. I am sure it will be an information-filled event!
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