Medical specialist BPL virtualises IT

Medical research and blood product supplier Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) has outsourced a project to virtualise its server and storage infrastructure to help it cut costs and energy consumption while actually providing more computing resources.

Medical research and blood product supplier Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) has outsourced a project to virtualise its server and storage infrastructure to help it cut costs and energy consumption while actually providing more computing resources.

The company has signed a contract with CSA Waverley which will replace the current servers and build a virtualised environment using multi-vendor products and services.

As well as designing the infrastructure, CSA Waverley will implement it and provide staff training and ongoing support of a server and storage virtualisation environment using VMware vSphere Advanced.

The environment will utilise HP's SAN shared disk storage which, due to its modular nature, enables scalability. iSCSI host connectivity will provide data security and isolation.

Andy Paynton, IT manager at BPL, said the company's strategy is to do more with less and reduce energy consumption. "We are expecting the new IT architecture to deliver increased resilience, flexibility and a reduction in the cost to deliver both technology and business objectives," he said.

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