Raleys Solicitors solves space problems with virtualisation

Yorkshire-based Raleys Solicitors has solved a space problem in its computer room by using virtualisation technology.

Yorkshire-based Raleys Solicitors has solved a space problem in its computer room by using virtualisation technology.

The company of 250 employees implemented virtualisation software from VMware, which enabled Raleys to reduce the number of physical servers by 66%.

"We were guilty of adding a server for each new application in the past, and we had run out of space," said Richard Hilton, chief technology officer at Raleys.

"We were still able to meet growing processing capacity requirements by increasing utilisation across the remaining hardware by 70%," said Hilton.

Virtualisation has also enabled Raleys to achieve its objective of a greener approach to IT infrastructure and made it easier to deploy and manage servers.

"We have increased our green credentials by reducing the amount of power used to run and cool servers. I can also log in from anywhere in the world, build a server remotely, and get it operational within 15 minutes," said Hilton.

Raleys' server virtualisation is based on two Clariion CX3 storage area networks with tiered storage. Information held on the virtual servers is protected from system and site failures using EMC Mirrorview.

Rayleys has also upgraded to the latest multi-site disaster recovery, back-up and recovery products, and e-mail management products from EMC to comply with the business continuity and data retention regulations set by the Law Society of England and Wales.

"Data retention periods vary according to the type of legal case involved," said Hilton. "The average is seven years, but it can be as long as 25 years in cases involving children, for example," said Hilton.

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