Cloud computing and managed hosting services provider iomart Hostingiomart Hosting has announced that it has carried out a group- wide virtualisation for office2office (o2o), the sole provider of offices supplies and Closed Loop document recycling services for the UK government.
o2o’s IT had been focused around a single set of offices and one server room in Norwich as a legacy of its days as part of Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO). However a series of acquisitions over the last few years saw it grow to such an extent that its IT environment became extremely fragmented.
Vincent Cassidy, Group IT Director for o2ooffice2office, explained: “As we made new acquisitions I knew we needed to reduce our risks and put in a scalable platform. Essentially we needed to evolve from a traditional IT department that was just keeping the lights on, to a flexible IT infrastructure that added value for our customers, enabled us to adopt more modern technological processes and allowed flexibility for future growth. We wanted to get to the point where our IT was having a positive impact on our bottom line.”
o2o decided that the only way forward was to fully outsource its IT and selected iomart Hosting to carry out the rationalisation.
Vincent Cassidy said: “The iomart team invested a huge amount of time and effort to understand our business and the challenges we face, through regular site visits and assessment of our existing estate. This meant that when it came to the proposal they could address our specific requirements in detail. It really set iomart Hosting apart from other potential service providers.”
A large migration was undertaken which involved moving over 200 servers into iomart Hosting’s London data centre. The resulting group-wide virtualisation has vastly reduced o2o’s server hardware. There is a large VMware platform with built in backup, which provides the group’s DNS services, Active Directory plus SAN storage. There are also two dedicated database servers – an MSSQL Cluster and MSSQL Mirror.
“It was quite a complex migration but it’s been a smooth and comfortable process,” explains Vincent Cassidy. “The support we’ve had from iomart Hosting has been excellent. The technical staff have been very responsive, superb in fact.”
Sarah Haran, managing director of iomart Hosting: “What we have created for o2o is a resilient and secure environment which supports its on-demand business model and which mitigates the risk of unacceptable loss of IT systems which support its business critical functions. We have reduced the complexity of its IT environment and provided a platform that allows for greater group-level consolidation which should significantly reduce o2o’s existing internal operating costs.”
o2o announced in August 2011 that its largest subsidiary Banner Business Services Limited had been awarded a £37m annual contract to be sole provider of office products and services under a new framework contract to supply Central Government departments.
Vincent Cassidy said: “The decision to outsource our IT infrastructure to iomart Hosting came at just the right time. As we win bigger and more complex contracts it’s great to know that we have got a hosting partner that is prepared to go that extra mile for us and adapt as our requirements change. The relationship we have with iomart Hosting is crucial for our business and how it develops. We are already looking at cloud services and are talking to iomart Hosting about the potential to use other services like email in the future.”
iomart Hosting is a subsidiary of iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) which was named Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year 2011, and ranked as one of the best web hosting companies in the world by HostReview.
News release issued on behalf of iomart Hosting by Jane Robertson, Head of PR for iomart Group plc. For more information please email email@example.com or call 0141 931 6474 (dir), 0141 931 6400 or 07827948993 (mob).
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About iomart Hosting
iomart Hosting is one of the UK’s leading providers of complex managed hosting and cloud computing services to the enterprise market. It owns and manages its own network infrastructure, including five UK data centres, offering a unique 100% uptime guarantee. Services include: Private and Hybrid Cloud, Colocation, Content Delivery Networks, IP Transit, Cloud Storage and Email.
Clients include: Misys, Cimex, BT plc, Stagecoach, Skyscanner, SoftCat, Learndirect, London School of Economics, Newsquest, Shine TV and STV. iomart Hosting is an ISO9001 & ISO27001 certified company. The company is fully accredited at Gold Partner level with VMware, Oracle and Microsoft. It is part of AIM listed iomart Group plc.
About iomart Group plc
iomart Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of managed hosting and cloud computing services. From a single server through to private cloud networks, iomart specialises in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services, enabling customers to reduce the costs, complexity and risks associated with maintaining their own web and online applications.
By physically owning and managing its own global network infrastructure, iomart offers world-beating levels of service to its customers. The Group offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee with all hosting services being engineered to ensure no single point of failure.
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