Core Services delivers third-party business operations solutions, information systems and support to clients worldwide. A major shift in the managed hosting landscape meant the company needed an infrastructure that could handle new customer demands for cost-effective and energy-saving solutions.
Core Services partnered with The Ergonomic Group (EGI), an HP Elite Business Partner, for infrastructure recommendations to improve application performance and deliver better services. After an evaluation, EGI concluded that Core Services' current Oracle/Sun infrastructure was unable to meet its customer needs. EGI assisted the company in designing the new infrastructure based on an HP Converged Infrastructure. It also provided guidance with installation requirements and ongoing support of the new architecture for its data centres.
Core Services selected an HP BladeSystem platform to virtualize its environment, which includes eight HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosures, 60 HP BL460 G6 and G7 blade servers, and an HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet Module for BladeSystem. The configuration delivers the compute power, energy efficiency and performance per watt required for CPU-hungry Oracle applications.
"We needed to get ahead of a changing curve in the managed services industry with customer priorities shifting to energy- and cost-efficient solutions", stated Bimal Doshi, vice president, Operations, Core Services. "We migrated to an HP BladeSystem environment to make the best use of every watt, hour and dollar so that we can better serve our customers."
The HP BladeSystem platform, equipped with Intel Xeon processors, provides Core Services with an average fourfold reduction in the number of physical servers required. Core Services customers can access its servers with HP Integrated Lights-out (iLO) remote management software, which enables IT administrators and customers to more easily provision servers as well as troubleshoot problems to improve productivity while reducing server management costs.
Core Services also installed HP Virtual Connect, a network module in the HP BladeSystem enclosure that ties LAN and SAN information to the server bay instead of the server. This allows Core Services to add, remove or change servers in minutes, saving hours of delay that would be spent on LAN and SAN co-ordination. HP Virtual Connect also reduces cabling by 75 percent, from 16 cables per enclosure down to four.
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