Hotel group De Vere has cut IT running costs by £100,000 with an infrastructure consolidation programme.
Through server consolidation and the installation of Blade Servers, the group expects to achieve a £100,000 reduction in the running cost of its IT. The company is also in the process of reducing the number of its racks in TelecityGroup’s data centre from 18 to three.
The move will enable De Vere to ensure the resilience of its centralised infrastructure, aiming to give each of the company’s sixty-five locations across the UK availability of business-critical systems at all times.
Each location runs on a thin client model where the group’s key back-end systems - including its file storage, meetings and events databases, financial systems and HR systems - are hosted centrally rather than remotely at each location. In total, the group stores and processes over 18 Terrabytes of data centrally.
Jo Stanford, IT director at the De Vere Group, said the company’s IT strategy is concentrated on leveraging the cloud. She said the infrastructure refresh would improve speed and customer-facing services such as web bookings and till point transactions.
“By the end of the year the project will be completed. We will continue to focus on increasing the e-commerce footprint with our web booking engines. That’s something we’ll be able to do knowing that the back-end infrastructure is fit for our purpose.”