Dell Helps XS, Inc. Deliver Cloud Based Agricultural Application to Increase Farming Yields with End-to-End Enterprise IT Infrastructure
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- Leading food and agriculture SaaS provider, XS, Inc., dramatically improves performance, lowers costs and increases availability with an infrastructure built on Dell Compellent storage arrays, PowerEdge servers, PowerVault disk storage and Latitude laptops
- XS Inc. built a flexible, private cloud infrastructure on Dell to help agricultural clients improve business processes and decision making through data management and analysis
|As a drought in the Midwest raises food prices, farming efficiency and getting the most from farm lands has become more essential than ever.|
XS, Inc is known in the food and agriculture industry for its ability to provide internet-based applications to help its agricultural clients drive efficiency and business value within their own organizations.
|To keep those online applications up and running, XS, Inc. selected Dell Compellent storage arrays, PowerEdge servers, PowerVault disk storage, and Latitude laptops. Since XS, Inc. moved to Dell Compellent this year, the company has maintained 99.999 percent storage availability to support the company’s rapid growth and expects to realize an annual cost savings of $500 per deployed workstation and $2,000 per deployed server.|
|XS, Inc. is the first agricultural SaaS provider with commercially accessible spatial statistics software, AgVeritasTM, transforming a traditionally expensive and time-consuming process to a highly available solution for agricultural clients.|
AgVeritas analyzes soil variability, elevation, drainage and the amount of sunlight and provides customers with the information they need to effectively manage their field. The company also collects more point of sale transaction data than any other service provider, providing its largely agricultural customers with insight and analytics to make educated business decisions on where and what to plant to optimize available farm land. The Dell infrastructure is critical to supporting XS, Inc.’s big data applications due to its flexibility and reliability.
“As population increases and farm land remains limited, efficiency on the field and in the data center is imperative. When you factor in a drought, it’s even more important to make the most of your resources,” said Darren Patterson, vice president of technology at XS, Inc. “Dell’s end-to-end enterprise infrastructure, including Dell Compellent, powers efficiency in our data center so our customers can drive efficiency in the fields.”
As XS, Inc. leveraged virtualization technology and built a private cloud on Dell, the company benefited from the flexibility and reliability of the new infrastructure. Dell Compellent storage arrays are fully virtualized and designed to automatically tier, thin provision and optimize data, which was integral in the selection process. The Dell storage solution also reduces management time and risks while rapidly responding to changes in XS Inc.’s business.
Additionally, with the Dell Fluid Data architecture, XS is able to efficiently scale and materially cut costs from the initial purchase to expected TCO savings throughout system’s lifecycle.
“When we purchased our Dell Compellent array, we got five times the amount of storage for the same starting price as our last SAN,” said Patterson. “The new Dell Compellent system was 30 percent less expensive due to inherent efficiency than the competitors we looked at and allowed us to take advantage of Dell’s Fluid Data architecture the others lacked at this price point, which definitely helped to seal the deal.”
XS, Inc. also turned to Dell for reliable support for its IT infrastructure. With Dell ProSupport, Dell DPACK and Dell CoPilot, XS, Inc. keeps its business running at peak performance with top-notch support, minimizing disruptions and maintaining a high level of productivity.
“As a growing company with Fortune 100 agriculture clients, it is critical that our online business functions are always available,” said Fulton Breen, chief executive officer at XS, Inc. “Dell solutions provide us the dependability we need to exceed our performance requirements while offering many avenues for future upgrades.”
“To maintain our high-availability infrastructure, great support service is absolutely critical,” said Timothy Carroll, network engineer at XS Inc. “Dell offers unparalleled service, convenience and flexibility in that department. We rarely have to wait to get a technician on the phone that will take care of our case from start to finish.”
About XS, Inc:
XS, Inc. is a leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, providing scalable and comprehensive tools to market-driven organizations. A leader in transaction data collection, analysis and online reporting, XS transforms existing data into powerful tools for improving workplace efficiency, evaluating industry standings, optimizing marketing efforts and maximizing client relationships. For more information, www.xsinc.com.
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