From time to time, I try to chat with someone actually using a vendor's technology rather than just taking the vendors word that their product is the best thing since candy bars. This time, I had the opportunity to speak with Jon Blomeier, Data Center Analyst with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. Sweet job, Jon.
Please introduce yourself and your organizationHello my name is Jon Blomeier Data Center Analyst with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and its subsidiaries own and/or operate the Hersheypark entertainment complex, Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Bears AHL Hockey Club, Giant Center, Dutch Wonderland family entertainment complex, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, Hershey Highmeadow Campground, Hershey Golf Collection, The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Nursery, and Hershey Laundry and Textiles.
What are you doing that requires this type of technology?Virtualization of our server environment was our goal. We had lots of reasons for this. Some of them are:
- To make it easier for reduce the number of physical servers to maintain/build
- Reduce the cost of maintenance contracts, cooling, power
- To reduce the time of provisioning and deploying new servers
- Increase levels of availability and support our disaster recovery plans.
We were well aware of some disadvantages of this approach, such as upfront costs and expert knowledge needed for SAN etc, but we felt that the ROI would be worth it in the end.