NHS Organisation Protects Systems Against Disaster
Maximising Resilience with IBM Technology
Business Challenge: As an NHS organisation's existing infrastructure approached the limits of its warranty period and capacity, it recognised an opportunity to transform its disaster recovery strategy. The existing solution called for manual intervention and an estimated two-hour recovery time in the event of a major systems failure. The hospital recognised this posed a risk to transmitting vital data.
Solution: Working with IBM Premier Business Partner Celerity, the hospital deployed a mirrored infrastructure based on IBM BladeCenter HS22 blade servers and an IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller stretched cluster connected to IBM System Storage DS5020 arrays. An IBM System Storage TS3100 is used for tape backup, and IBM Global Technology Services provide ongoing maintenance for the solution.
“As this project has proved, with the right technology and the right partners – which we had in IBM and Celerity – you can achieve ambitious things without your end-users even noticing.”
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Government Organisation ensures Olympic heritage with the help of Celerity
Business Challenge: With the Olympic Games taking place in the United Kingdom in 2012, this government organisation anticipated a 300% increase in its email related traffic. It therefore needed to ensure that its IT infrastructure could meet such demands. One of the biggest pre-requisites with the project was that the deployment of the new environment would not cause user disruption and would minimise technical complications to their current working system and environment. The project therefore required first class expertise and project management skills.
Solution: As an existing client of Celerity they already had a strong working relationship with the team, and so were asked to produce a proposal for the email system based on the released tender. Celerity recommended that they partner with a Microsoft specialist and therefore experts in implementing its software.Celerity set about designing the hardware infrastructure that the Microsoft implementation would sit on.
The decision was made to replace their aging Microsoft Exchange 2003 environment with a fault tolerant 2010 Exchange environment. One of the biggest pre-requisites with the project was that the deployment of the new environment would not cause user disruption and would minimise technical complications to their current working system and environment. The project therefore required first class expertise and project management skills.
“The Royal Mint were apprehensive of the migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 because of the potential for end user disruption and possible technical complications. To minimise these risks the Royal Mint looked to a trusted supplier to manage this project” says Simon Edwards, IT Operations Manager at The Royal Mint.
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UK-Based Credit Card Payment Company Boosts Business Growth by 75% with IBM Bladecenter & VMware
Business Challenge: A UK-based credit card payment processing hub required 24/7 availability, 365 days a year. However, as the price of power and cooling increased year-on-year, maintaining availability with its legacy hardware soon became uneconomical. To reduce IT spend whilst maintaining high availability, they needed to implement a consolidated, virtualised server platform with excellent faulttolerance.
Solution: Two IBM® BladeCenter® chassis have been installed, each with six Intel® Xeon® processor-based HS21 and HS22 blade servers. The servers are connected to two IBM System Storage® N3400 Network Attached Storage units. A legacy payment processing application runs on two of the blades, while the rest are virtualised with VMware VSphere 4.1 and run Microsoft Windows Server. The second of the organisation's three data centres is currently receiving the same technical upgrade as the primary site. A mirror image of IBM hardware and payment software is currently in testing prior to replacing the legacy systems.
"Ultimately, we settled on the IBM solution, as Celerity's proposed server architecture and technical expertise impressed us the most, and the low annual service costs suggested that IBM hardware might be more reliable than competitors' products."
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Designer Of Water Treatment Modules for Offshore Oil Platforms Adopts Cutting Edge IT with IBM BladeCenter and Celerity
Business challenge: A UK-based designer of water treatment modules for offshore oil platforms had a malfunctioning legacy system. Their 24/7 workflow process demanded a highly available IT platform for the smooth running of the business, but two days of IT downtime had cost the company a significant amount. The company wanted to refresh its server landscape to ensure high reliability, scalability, and performance.
Solution: IBM Premier Business Partner Celerity were engaged to create a new infrastructure. The organisation chose to implement IBM® System x3650 and x3550 servers alongside a fully loaded IBM BladeCenter® HS22, linked to an IBM System Storage® DS3500. An IBM System x® server and IBM System Storage TS3200 tape library provide data backup, managed by CommVault software. Celerity also trained VWS on VMware, which the company chose to implement on two blades.
"Even with all our file servers and databases running, we still have seven blades of spare capacity. Thanks to IBM and Celerity, we’ve gained the confidence to meet our IT challenges for the foreseeable future.”
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