APSU, leader in the delivery of global IBM System X and Power services, has implemented one of the UK’s first IBM Flex and Storwize combinations, for specialist hire company Andrews-Sykes Group.
Andrews-Sykes Group’s virtualised server environment has grown exponentially over the last three years, leading to new CRM and phone system/office communication needs. This led the hire company to require a new virtualised server infrastructure that could cope with the new environment’s demands and scale more flexibly with business needs.
To cater for Andrews-Sykes’ specific requirements, APSU’s consultants recommended implementation based on IBM’s flagship platforms; IBM Flex Systems Chassis/x240 blades and IBM Storwize V7000. This was one of the first projects of its type in the UK.
The platforms are used to replace the production environment and enable Andrews-Sykes to re-provision the current production hardware to its second site, facilitating disaster recovery of virtual machines as a second phase to the project.
APSU says the architecture will allow Andrews-Sykes to optimise its use of storage from day one, providing a flexible platform for the expansion of the x86 server workloads and allowing for the integration of the Power i workloads as part of an on-going investment in IT.
APSU has worked with Andrews-Sykes Group for more than seven years, designing and implementing the firm’s IT infrastructure, underpinning its functionality in this area.
Gary Robinson of Andrews-Sykes, said:
“Due to APSU’s on-going support and help and their great IT design and services, Andrews-Sykes can now look forward to the future and continue to expand our market leadership knowing that our IT Infrastructure is balanced and ready for any challenges it may face in the future. APSU have taken the time to get to know the Andrews-Sykes business and its requirements and have provided a platform that is aligned to our business needs.”
Andrews-Sykes Group is UK’s largest specialist hire company, providing pumping, heating and cooling solutions for virtually every need, location and application, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Andrews-Sykes brand has more than 40 years’ experience in dealing with hire, sale, installation and maintenance of all types of comfort cooling, air conditioning, heating, temperature control, ventilation and dehumidification systems.
APSU is one of the most highly accredited IBM Premier Business Partners in the UK and is a trusted IT partner to many of the top FTSE 100 companies.