Logistics company cuts costs and power with virtualisation


Logistics company cuts costs and power with virtualisation

Warwick Ashford

London-based warehousing company, gm2 Logistics, has reduced its datacentre area and energy consumption by more than 30% by switching to virtualisation technology and a storage area network (San).

The company said it had deployed server virtualisation from VMware and an energy-efficient San from Compellent that combines automated tiered storage, thin provisioning, and storage virtualisation.

The move was driven by demand for increased storage capacity, high availability, simplified data management, and business continuity assurance.

"Thanks to virtualisation we have been able to eliminate more than a third of the hardware from our environment," said John Boyd, IT manager at gm2 Logistics.

"That means we are consuming significantly less power, which is great for the environment as well as being a financial benefit," he said.

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