VMware Virtual Computing Solution Brings Major Savings To London Borough

VMware Virtual Computing Solution Brings Major Savings To London Borough

(PRWEB) October 6, 2006

The new VMware server estate, installed earlier this year, replaced more than 40 of the Borough’s oldest servers (20% of its total estate) and is already saving 70% on power consumption (both directly and through cooling).

“For some time we’d been exploring the whole area of virtualisation, and specifically VMware, as a means of tackling our IT issues and long overdue upgrade,” said Beth Hague, London Borough of Hillingdon’s ICT project manager.

“Having targeted VMware as the likely solution we knew we had to have an expert in the field as such a major undertaking demanded close cooperation and trust between the preferred VMware Authorised Consultancies (VAC) and Hillingdon.”

“Of the four VACs who submitted a tender, Insite was the only one to answer all the questions we posed” said Hague “Not only that, they raised other pertinent issues at the time.”

Hillingdon’s brief demanded an outline plan and timescales, full costings to include consultancy, staff training and upgradeable licences plus advice on any hardware or network procurement thought necessary. The whole programme would be subject to a fixed price contract.

Insite is the first VAC partner authorised to use the VMware Capacity Planner and regularly delivers strategic and technical services on behalf of VMware UK. The most obvious, immediate benefit of this to Hillingdon was the removal of the existing servers rendered redundant overnight by the VMware virtualisation programme.

They were replaced by HP Proliant DL-585 server configured with four AMD Opteron Dual Core processors capable of supporting between 24 and 48 virtual machines depending on the CPU, memory and disk in/out required by each one.

“All our expectations and business objectives for the virtualisation programme have been met in full’” said Hague. In fact, as the first phase was relatively easy and the measurable results had so impressed we have decided to push ahead with phase two this year,” she concluded.

About Insite:

Insite is one of the UK’s leading VMware virtual computing specialists with over a decade of experience. The company was formed in 1994 and in the last two years has been deploying remote access/systems integration solutions using “thin client” technology to a large number of high profile organisations in the UK. The company places a strong emphasis on personal customer service and supplies on-site consultancy, expertise and professional services.

The company is a VMware Authorised Consultancy (VAC) and an accredited Microsoft Certified Gold partner and is considered the leading player in the Windows Terminal Services arena in the UK. Insite is also a Solutions Partner of Sunbelt Software the supplier of DT.

For further information on Insite, please visit: http://www.insite-europe.co.uk

About The London Borough of Hillingdon:

The London Borough of Hillingdon is the westernmost of all the London boroughs and is the second largest in terms of area. It includes Heathrow and Northolt airports, Brunel University and the world-renowned Harefield Hospital.

For further information please contact Richard Nelson via e-mail or call: 07795 422211.


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