Bravissimo is virtualising the server estate that underpins its business-critical applications with the help of Nutanix’s converged infrastructure platform.
The lingerie retailer had 30 physical servers to consolidate, many of which were approaching end of life, and decided to embark on a virtualisation project after an upgrade involving traditional servers and a storage area network (SAN) was ruled out.
Instead the firm – which has 25 high street stores and an e-commerce site – opted for Nutanix’s Virtual Computing Platform.
It is designed to speed up the time it takes organisations to deploy virtual machines by combining the networking, server and storage resources needed to deploy them in a single appliance.
Ian Murphy, IT manager at Bravissimo, said the firm looked closely at both approaches and, although impressed with Nutanix, initially thought it was out of reach.
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“After further discussions, we realised there was a lot of extra value to be gained from Nutanix, particularly from the integrated computer and storage management, as SAN management has always been a big headache for us,” said Murphy.
With the platform in place, the company is now looking to migrate all of its physical business-critical workloads to the Nutanix-hosted VMware environment, which include its payment processing systems and its SQL database servers.
Bravissimo will now turn its attention to incorporating off-site disaster recovery capabilities into its infrastructure using Nutanix’s Metro Availability offering.
“This will enable us to add off-site disaster recovery without the need for anything more than another Nutanix appliance,” said Murphy.
“I am confident Nutanix is the right choice for Bravissimo and will enable the company to deliver even higher levels of service to customers and staff over the coming years,” he said.