Pushing the Cloud Boundaries

Intact delivered a scalable, resilient and secure private cloud solution for a leading edge cloud provider

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    Problem

    The client, a global cloud services provider, had outgrown their current infrastructure, and was experiencing issues with lack of flexibility from their hosted virtualisation provider.  There was also a need to provide additional security for their customers.

    Another solution provider attempted to solve these issues, but was unable to meet the client’s requirements, resulting in delay to their project. They also failed to meet their expectations for service. For this reason, Intact were brought in to resolve these issues.

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    Solution

    Intact took the bill of materials developed by the original provider, and designed a comprehensive solution based on their customers’ business plans and on-going requirements. Intact configured and installed this solution, and continue to provide managed support services.

    To meet the challenging timescale for this project, Intact allocated two Cisco qualified Data Centre specialists who were able to use their knowledge to interpret the bill of materials and produce a detailed design based on documented best practice for Flexpod.  Intact were able to add value for the client by prestaging the solution in their dedicated staging facility before installing the configured solution in the client’s hosted Data Centres.

    Intact delivered the design, pre-staging and installation of the solution within a 3 month timeframe to comply with the client’s project plan.

    The solution utilised Cisco ASA security & ASR WAN routing in addition to  the standard Flexpod elements of Cisco Nexus switching, Cisco UCS computing and NetApp SAN storage. As Flexpod reference architectures do not include multi Data Centre solutions, Intact developed a modified architecture providing a scalable, redundant solution.

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    Result

    The solution provided by Intact enables the client to provide a more flexible and reliable customer service due to in house hosting. This is complemented by Intact’s managed support services. The solution has allowed the client to expand their business due to the vastly increased capacity, and also to provide additional security for their customers with firewall virtualisation & segregated routing.

    The project was installed on time & within budget despite the initial delays incurred before Intact’s involvement and late availability of one of the hosted Data Centres.

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