A Cisco FlexPod solution was chosen. It uses Cisco servers and switches tightly coupled with NetApp storage and VMware virtualization. That provides an easy-to-manage, superior infrastructure stack with cooperative multi-vendor support and a single point of contact.
David Redpath, Director of Information Services, explains: “We liked the fact that the design was pre-tested and signed off by Cisco.” Home Group worked with its strategic infrastructure partner, IT Professional Services, for a trouble-free transition.
“The flexibility of suffering an outage at one data centre and the other taking over without the business knowing is astonishing,” adds Redpath.
“It’s surely a first for the U.K. housing sector.” Maintenance is simple. If needed the IT team can easily switch server workloads across data centers, so users get the latest information and tools. New services can be created in minutes.