Finance firm centralises IT

Financial services firm WH Ireland has consolidated a distributed architecture into two UK datacentres using a datacentre blueprint from IT services firm ANS.

Financial services firm WH Ireland has consolidated its IT infrastructure into two UK datacentres using an off-the-shelf data centre blueprint.

WH Ireland, which provides a broad range of financial services, used a scheduled IT refresh to update its business continuity, disaster recovery and to give it the ability to deploy new systems rapidly.

It replaced Dell servers and direct attached storage systems in multiple locations with a data centre design from supplier ANS, known as Infrastructure 3.0, in its Manchester and London datacentres. 

Each data centre site runs 3 Cisco UCS blades, 1 NetApp FAS3240 cluster with SnapManager and block level de-duplication, VMware Enterprise with SRM, and Cisco Nexus 5000 switches.

WH Ireland IT director David Halstead said the centralised architecture makes management and support easier and will cut costs. “Taking a long tern view there will be cost savings and efficiencies,” he said. 

VMware's virtualisation technology will reduce the physical server count from 50 distributed across the country, to 3 at each site.

The company decided to go with the ANS offering in October last year and the installation was completed in January this year. It will now move its operation onto the new architecture. “We now have the challenge of migrating data, users and systems through 2012.”

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