Leading independent global property consultant, Knight Frank, wanted to replace its ageing servers and unreliable storage environment to drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and carbon footprint whilst boosting server utilisation and storage capacity.
A convincing business case
DTP Group took an innovative approach by undertaking in-depth analysis of Knight Frank’s energy usage/costs, ROI and TCO, in order to make a solid business case to the Business. The analysis revealed high levels of CO2 emissions, high energy and support costs, as well as low levels of server utilisation. By running comparisons within a virtualised environment, DTP Group was able to clearly demonstrate that Knight Frank had an opportunity to modernise its ageing server landscape, as well as to lower its TCO by around 90%.
HP BladeSystem and Left Hand SAN solutions
DTP implemented a new HP Converged Infrastructure which comprised of HP BladeSystems, along with Virtual Connect and StorageWork solutions. HP Care Packs were put in place to ensure around-the-clock support for five years following implementation. The solution also included HP StorageWorks P4000 SAN technology, with storage virtualisation and iSCSI technology. This integrated well with their VMware environment and made licensing simple.
TCO falls by 90% and storage capacity doubles
After implementing the new solution, Knight Frank quickly witnessed some dramatic changes to its server and storage platforms. By consolidating the server environment with HP BladeSystems, this generated a high performance, scalable and easily managed platform, ideally suited to future business needs. Server utilisation increased seven-fold, whilst power, cooling costs, CO2 emissions and TCO have fallen by 90%.
Similarly, the virtualised HP StorageWorks iSCSI storage SAN provided Knight Frank with a highly reliable, cost-efffective and scalable storage platform that is readily managed. Capacity increased instantly to over 200%, annual running costs fell by 85%, CO2 emissions were cut by 47% and an “active-active” configuration safeguards business continuity.
A future-proof solution
“With these reliable, cost-effective HP solutions, we now have modern server and storage platforms that will support our business activities for the foreseeable future”, comments Hardesh Degun, Infrastructure Manager at Knight Frank.
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