When the housing crisis hit , the Walz Group , a 130-person company based in Temecula, Calif., felt the strain. The company processes critical communications, such as foreclosure paperwork, for financial firms, mortgage servicers, legal firms and others.
By January 2008, foreclosures had hit an all-time high, and mortgage debt on subprime loans reached $9 trillion. Bart Falzarano, the Walz Group’s chief information security officer, says the accompanying jump in foreclosure processing, paperwork for new government regulations, and loan modification applications put a strain on the company’s IT resources.
The solution was a private cloud based on NetApp’s FlexPod  that would let the IT staff centrally manage, provision and secure new servers, network devices and storage through web-based interfaces. The FlexPod platform combines NetApp storage and Fibre Channel over Ethernet with Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System and Nexus switches. FlexPod also supports VMware virtualization software.
“We wanted information technology as a service,” says Falzarano. “We were looking for something that would give us the feel of an Amazon cloud, but not be in the public cloud.”
Falzarano says the FlexPod private cloud delivers: