Workload-specific, service-defined performance enhancements guarantee dynamic IT delivery ‘at the speed of business’
UCISA, Manchester. – March 16, 2016 – Logicalis, the international IT solutions and managed services provider, has designed a major new storage infrastructure refresh for Loughborough University to meet the exacting performance requirements of its specific applications and workloads.
Built using a FlexPod infrastructure stack from NetApp & Cisco, and adhering to Logicalis’ architectural approach, known as ‘IT by Wire’, the platform has been orientated to, and tested against, Loughborough’s unique service goals. Delivering new performance and capacity levels that were lacking in Loughborough’s previous on-premise storage solution, the platform is guaranteed to meet the university’s changing needs for virtual machine infrastructure and workspace data management.
The robust new FlexPod deployment combines NetApp FAS storage, Cisco UCS technology and leading hypervisors in a powerful, integrated solution. The advantages of NetApp’s Data Fabric concept allow Loughborough University to consistently manage its data, efficiently transport workloads within its IT environment as required, and leverage the right resources for a given workload.
“Loughborough has been very prudent; not only selecting best-in-class technology but also leveraging our expertise and high level accreditations with NetApp and Cisco to ensure a service-defined solution, delivering precisely what it requires both now and for the future,” said Richard Alexander, Solutions Director at Logicalis. “The result is a precise configuration that underpins a significant proportion of its business transformation strategy over the next five to six years. Specifically, continuing to run certain critical applications onsite to ensure complete control and appropriate service provision, while transitioning others to the cloud on an application by application basis.
Logicalis’ various IT projects with Loughborough University since 2010 have attracted a string of independent industry awards. Having developed a hybrid cloud environment, core network, unified communications suite and extensive VDI rollout, this latest implementation replaces and extends Loughborough’s on-premise storage infrastructure – a critical component of its IT strategy and a key enabler for the delivery of on-demand learning resources and student services.
“Our IT needs change throughout the year, some more predictably than others, with greater numbers of applications becoming storage performance-critical. This new platform lets us be more confident in our agility, matching workloads against business demand and automating the delivery of tiered storage to optimise cost and processing speed,” said Matthew Cook, Assistant Director (Infrastructure & Operations) at Loughborough University. “Our outlook is the same whether it’s academic achievement, sporting success or our digital environment - we’re an institution that always demands the highest performance. Once again we relied on Logicalis to raise the bar on an infrastructure solution architected to our service needs, and they have delivered it.”
“In choosing NetApp FlexPod technology at the root of its IT infrastructure, Loughborough University is fully equipped to instantly access and retrieve data as needed and manage the entire process efficiently, allowing the team to focus efforts on developing other areas of the institution to benefit its students,” said Elliot Howard, UK&I Managing Director, NetApp.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HPE, IBM, CA Technologies, NetApp, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialised solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1.5 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with revenues of over $6 billion.
For more information, visit www.uk.logicalis.com
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About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.
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