AND AFTER THE PROCESS . power and cooling requirements as well as the company ’ s long-term carbon footprint .
The required equipment was quickly ordered and installed first in a new primary data centre in Bury St Edmunds and then at a secondary site in Winchester to provide additional backup and Disaster Recovery capabilities . Once working , migration was scheduled to take place over successive bank holiday weekends to mitigate against any disruption , although , in practice the process proved trouble free .
“ It all went remarkably smoothly ,” said Cosson . “ There was no loss of service and no complaints which has to be a first for a project like this which could so easily have gone off the rails and caused real headaches for the business . It ’ s hats off to Nutanix and its partners for making it so seamless and we ’ re very pleased with the results and the high level of support both during and after the process .”
Performance gains have been widely reported and running costs significantly lowered which , according to Cosson has made the CFO very happy . He has also been able to halve the number of staff needed to support the new infrastructure with those displaced moved into other roles to find ways of better exploiting the new technology .
Looking ahead , Cosson is keen to take full advantage of the company ’ s new private cloud to further drive down operational costs and maximise the value of the company ’ s investment . Alongside on-going work to identify workloads suitable for moving to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor , several projects are planned , including the migration of legacy IBM systems over the next few months .
“ We ’ re still running a lot of older IBM kit and will be virtualising applications hosted on these systems to run on AHV in Q1 next year ,” he explained . “ We ’ re also bringing a cloud-based customer portal in-house as well as looking at other ways of leveraging our private cloud as part of our on-going Digital Transformation programme .” �