Seminole, FL, September 08, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- CAIRS, the Tampa-based leader in adoption and foster care software, has three office locations nationwide that serve its thousands of members spread across North America, Canada, and Europe. With a nearly 20% annual growth rate, CAIRS’ data management needs have increased. CAIRS in partnership with Latisys have designed and deployed a data center virtualization upgrade to improve efficiency, decrease its data center footprint and increase cloud computing capacity. The project began in the summer of 2010 and was recently successfully completed. CAIRS has been working to upgrade all of its adoption software cloud applications including MyAdoptionPortal.com, ParentFinder.com, ChildConnect.com and AIRS.
Pat Feldner, CIO of CAIRS stated, “Latisys’ expertise allowed us to open up the door to virtualization and reap the significant benefits of the technology. They are a consultative firm that understands how to couple technology with our tangible business objectives to create a competitive advantage for us. Because of this they are a trusted partner to our business.”
This data center project was an extension of the virtualization capabilities CAIRS had implemented in the past and takes advantage of the latest VMware data center virtualization technologies. With CAIRS’ growth, it needed more cloud compute capacity in its data center. Leveraging VMware vSphere, CAIRS deployed three additional VM hosts in their environment increasing capacity by nearly 48%. The extra capacity had the added benefit of decreasing the data center footprint. By implementing the new Unified Computing Solution, CAIRS was able to significantly decrease the amount of cabling used in the data center from 80 cables down to 10 cables. This reduction in cables reduced the need for extra cooling by improving airflow and drastically reduced cable management issues. By implementing a virtual switching solution and 10 gigabit connectivity, CAIRS effectively doubled its network capacity while simultaneously decreasing cabinet real estate requirements by 30%. The efforts amount to an impressive 50% reduction in space requirements, a 48% increase in cloud compute capacity and a 100% increase in network capacity. CAIRS has found a reduction in the deployment time of a new VMware vSphere host, shrinking the time it takes for deployment from six hours down to 45 minutes.
Mike Ferretti, VP of Ecommerce at CAIRS said, “This increase in network capacity and cloud computing power will allow us to continue our 20% growth in 2012, release new products faster and build on our expertise and high level of customer service ultimately building more families through adoption.”
About CAIRS Solutions LLC:
CAIRS Solutions is a leading provider of adoption and foster care management software and cloud computing solutions to family support organizations. CAIRS offers a suite of advanced technology solutions focused around the entire lifecycle of adoption and foster care management. Services are centered on the design, implementation and support of adoption agency and attorney processes, including online forms for parents, parent-child matching, electronic profiles, and post-adoption pictures and letters to birth parents. Customers include large and small organizations supported by transaction pricing. Due to its focus, expertise and experience implementing and supporting advanced technology solutions for adoption related services, CAIRS believes it is well positioned to deliver superior solutions and services to its customers. Additional information about CAIRS can be found on line at www.cairsolutions.com.