Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 9 - Page 70

CASE STUDY that the platform was not only simple but cost-effective. Scale Computing’s HC3 platform was a natural choice, it met all of the company’s requirements and the technology is uniquely designed with its own hypervisor and simple interface, providing the easy management V-TAB needs.” Mård continued: “With HC3, customers only need the basic survival-kit, which provides capabilities for managing the virtualisation, securing your VMs using high-availability, disaster recovery and highly efficient data optimisation functions – everything you need is included. Adding Scale Computing’s HC3 is like running a weight-watcher programme on your IT infrastructure – there’s less weight, meaning it’s easier to move your payload.” Reaping the benefits – simplified management Scale Computing’s HC3 combines servers, virtualisation and management into one product, automating the overall management and allowing V-TAB’s IT team to focus on the core business objectives. Previously, the IT team would have to spend time managing the IT environment, but now staff can focus on driving business value and running applications, rather than managing the underlying infrastructure. Bogårdh noted: “Using Scale Computing’s HC3 solution is simple and it gives us full control. Now we can handle all of our data from both of our sites in Sweden, with one simple-to-use interface.” Reduced costs The deployment V-TAB opted to deploy Scale Computing’s HC3 cluster as a centralised server platform across two of its sites in Sweden. With the help of Data Resilience, the company had the solution up and running within a day. Scale Computing’s technology now underpins all of V-TAB’s IT operations, With no additional software to licence, training or certifications needed to implement and run the Scale Computing solution, V-TAB has enjoyed a range of cost savings. The company has also been able to save 25% of its administration costs due to the simplified management. SCALE COMPUTING’S HC3 PLATFORM WAS A NATURAL CHOICE, IT MET ALL OF THE COMPANY’S REQUIREMENTS AND THE TECHNOLOGY IS UNIQUELY DESIGNED WITH ITS OWN HYPERVISOR AND SIMPLE INTERFACE. offering data mirroring, high-availability and disaster recovery – all features that the company required. “Data Resilience was extremely helpful throughout the process,” commented Bogårdh. “Scale Computing’s technology was simple and easy to set up and as soon as we were up and running, the team was able to begin deploying VMs immediately.” 70 INTELLIGENTCIO in constant use and being able to guarantee business continuity is of paramount importance to the organisation’s success and reputation. Scale Computing’s HC3 platform also offers retention, recovery and failover at no additional cost. Improving high-availability with on-premises IT V-TAB is also benefiting from high- availability since deploying Scale Computing. As Bogårdh explained, this was one of the key requirements of any new IT environment and a major decision as to why the organisations opted for Scale Computing’s on-premises solution over a cloud-based platform. Bogårdh noted: “At first, we did consider a cloud-based solution. When looking to eliminate data management, the cloud and outsourcing IT seems like a natural step. “However, it’s also critical to consider other business requirements. For us, the cloud wasn’t an option due to latency. As a production site, high-availability is key and the cloud couldn’t promise to deliver on this. With the cloud, there is also the added risk of latency due to connection issues. “Scale Computing’s HC3 platform provides the same benefits as the cloud, but with the added security of an on-premises solution. “It really is as simple as putting your data in the cloud, but with added control.” The future is HC3 Bogårdh commented: “Scale Computing is a perfect fit for our IT needs. No matter what the problem is, the support team are on hand to help.” Enhancing business continuity In addition, opting to deploy Scale Computing across two sites has allowed V-TAB to mirror all of its data, providing the company with an added benefit of data replication and protection. HC3 gives the IT team regular access to snapshots and cloning technologies to offer a full set of backup and recovery capabilities. As a production site, V-TAB offers services that are As such, V-TAB is now in the process of deploying additional clusters at its production (ROBO) sites following its 12-month deployment with Scale Computing. Bogårdh concluded: “To me, this is a great testament to Scale Computing and its product. We are looking forward to a continued partnership and seeing further benefits from a quality product.” n