When Fitness First began looking to replace its existing datacentre infrastructure, IT programme manager Jon Forster wanted something that offered simplicity and could grow with the business.
Having heard of Nutanix, he contacted reference customer LA Fitness, which was using Nutanix in a similar way to how Fitness First would be deploying its system. But Forster wanted more than reference customers from the health and fitness sector: he asked Nutanix to build a test system using the same size of hardware that Fitness First would be purchasing.
The system was up and running in half a day, then the Fitness First IT team built the core application on the Nutanix infrastructure.Once the pilot was running he says: "We also spent a day working with Microsoft to migrate Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2.This is a big step but Nutanix has a reference architecture."
Fitness First also moved its datacentre from Amsterdam to Telecity in London. The new installation needed only four servers installed in two racks, compared with 80 servers in Amsterdam, which required 20 racks. The smaller footprint means the company is saving £150,000 per year in terms of the cost of renting datacentre floor space, according to Forster