Infrastructure upgrade for world-leading computer scientists

Modernised and optimised infrastructure improves performance and massively reduces backup time
Infrastructure upgrade for world-leading computer scientists - Case Study

The customer

This organisation is one of the leading universities in the world, continually ranked in the global top 10, and known for outstanding teaching, learning and research achievement. Research carried out by the community of staff, student and alumni computer scientists at the Department of Computer Science has contributed enormously to society over the years, in areas such as business, transport, environment and health.

The situation

  • Modernise data centre including hardware and vSphere to latest version
  • Essential service out of hours upgrade
  • Design and commission new documented solution
  • Transition workloads to new infrastructure
  • No downtime

Our approach

  • Sonar to ensure optimal performance of existing infrastructure
  • VMware vSphere 6.0, vCenter 6.0, vCSA 6.0 Update 1, Data Protection
  • Lenovo BladeCenter
  • IBM Storwize V3700 SAN

Outcomes achieved

  • Backup reduced from 12 hours to 1 hour
  • 92% reduction in backup duration
  • Rapid full documentation of new environment