Dell Helps Amerijet Modernize Its Data Center to Get Shipments Delivered Faster

  Dell Helps Amerijet Modernize Its Data Center to Get Shipments Delivered

  *Cargo shipping company improves customer satisfaction by modernizing its
    data center from fragmented to integrated, virtualized and flexible with
    enterprise infrastructure, software and services
  *Amerijet’s IT team achieves maximum performance, flexibility, energy
    efficiency, scalability and security to support the company’s business
  *Amerijet migrated its entire data center in 10 hours with help from Dell
  *The new data center helps Amerijet reduce time to close flights by 96
    percent to expedite freight transportation, cut facility costs by 60
    percent and run inventory reports in seconds instead of 40 minutes

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- May 07, 2013

Amerijet International, Inc., a Florida-based cargo shipping company, now can
better support organic business growth with an end-to-end Dell data center
solution comprised of infrastructure, software and services. The company’s new
modern data center has helped cut facility costs by 60 percent through energy
efficiency and reduced the time to print a manifest and close flights by 96
percent, expediting freight transportation, meeting more customs cut-off times
and improving customer satisfaction.

Taking the company to the next level and expediting shipment services required
a fundamental shift that turned IT into a business enabler. A three-year plan
for change included moving to a new data center facility and replacing the
company’s mixed-vendor environment with an end-to-end Dell infrastructure that
includes hardware, software and services. The new data center provides maximum
availability and performance for Amerijet’s critical business applications and
cargo systems.

Working closely with Dell as a strategic end-to-end IT provider enabled
Amerijet to build a reliable, scalable and flexible enterprise datacenter. The
company built its new virtualized data center based on Dell blade servers,
storage, switches, desktops, printers, firewalls and back-up software, as well
as services.

With assistance from Dell Services, Amerijet’s IT team migrated its entire
data center in 10 hours. The modern virtualized IT infrastructure enables the
company to run cargo inventory reports in seconds instead of the previous 40
minutes and avoid unplanned downtime. The IT team is able to shift their focus
from tactical execution to strategic thinking.

Amerijet carries more than 200 million pounds of freight annually to more than
550 destinations worldwide. With a leading presence in its primary service
regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Amerijet is experiencing continued
global growth—but the company’s existing systems were not able to support that

“Our worldwide cargo transportation services depend on a reliable IT
infrastructure,” says Jennifer S. Torlone, senior director, technology and
information services at Amerijet Holdings, Inc., Amerijet’s parent company.
“We can get planes in the air faster and meet more customs cutoff times for
freight clearance with our new Dell infrastructure. That means people don’t
have to wait an extra day to receive their shipments. For us, it means more
customer service successes.”

Dell technologies are all working together to help deliver desired business
results for Amerijet. The new data center is 100 percent virtual, reducing
server footprint by over 66 percent. More than 120 virtual servers are running
on just 14 Dell blades.

“With more efficient data center equipment, we get more for our money,” says
Torlone. “Based on power consumption and footprint, I was able to negotiate a
much better deal on our new data center—a 60 percent reduction in data center
facilities costs. And we still have space to grow.”

A scalable, high-performance storage and networking infrastructure was
necessary to support the new virtual server environment. Amerijet chose to
deploy Dell Compellent storage with Dell AppAssure back-up software and
upgraded its 1 Gigabit network to 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Dell Networking to
enable an infrastructure that can easily scale into the future. To secure its
network and improve visibility into application-based threats, Amerijet
replaced its existing VPN solution with Dell SonicWALL next-generation
firewalls at its headquarters and each of its 84 sites around the world. The
company’s IT team leveraged migration and education services from Dell to help
make this major infrastructure shift a smooth one.

“All the Dell equipment installed quickly and works seamlessly together. This
gives us simplicity, reliability and speed to keep up with rapidly expanding
business requirements,” says Torlone.

Looking for additional ways to bring value to the business and the bottom
line, Amerijet implemented a new IP telephony solution based on
Power-over-Ethernet with VLAN voice, video and other network traffic supported
by Dell networking switches.

Additionally, to help ease the burden of end-user support, the company
contracts with Dell Simplified Service Desk, a managed service offering from
Dell. Recognized as a leader in help desk outsourcing, Dell currently supports
over 3.5 million users and handles more than 12 million calls a year. Rounding
out its end-to-end Dell IT infrastructure are Dell Optiplex desktops and

About Amerijet

Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service multi-modal transportation and
logistics provider, offering international, scheduled all-cargo transport via
land, sea, and air. Florida-based Amerijet operates offices all over the
world, serving destinations throughout the Americas, Mexico, the Caribbean,
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Amerijet operates Boeing 727-200 and Boeing
767-200 aircraft from its primary hub at Miami International Airport, with
210,000-square-foot export and 100,000-square-foot imports air cargo handling
facilities and a 50,000-square-foot ocean cargo facility. A custom-built
10,300 square-foot (227,419 cu. ft.) cooling facility was specially designed
to maintain the cool chain integrity of perishables during the transportation
process. In addition to the state-of–the-art design features, multiple
pre-cooling systems, and 24 hour surveillance, the refrigerated storage space
is subdivided into four climate-controlled chambers offering not only
refrigerated, but frozen, and chilled storage. For additional information,
visit Amerijet on the web at

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