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June 2013

Virtualisation and automation help Jaguar Land Rover increase output

Jaguar Land Rover has transformed its IT from a very UK-centric operation to a globally scaled facility providing secure IT resources to its engineers worldwide. The move involved upgrading its datacentre infrastructure with virtualisation, automation and tools to support a mobile, collaborative workforce. “Our IT landscape was very 1990s – mainframes, fat clients and a physical onsite process,” said Gordon McMullan, its chief technology officer (CTO). One of the car maker’s biggest challenges was access to engineering skills to grow the business.  “There weren’t enough skills in the UK and we wanted to tap the engineering resources available in India and China,” McMullan said. For that, it had to expand its infrastructure beyond the UK. But traditional expansion would bring security challenges to its Intellectual Property (IP) assets. “IP is a crucial asset for us and that’s why we chose to upgrade our infrastructure to a virtual datacentre.” Using VMware’s virtualisation platform, JLR continues to host all its data resources ...

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