Reaping the benefits
Reduced power costs and savings from cutting down the number of physical servers in use are just a couple of the benefits Investec can reap from its new datacentre design, Unisys claimed.
“The savings in that area would be very significant,” Robinson said. “The reduction of risk with an improved and much simpler disaster recovery, as well as compliance and auditing, is much simpler when there are fewer systems in place.”
Because of the work done by Unisys on transferring skills across to Investec staff, the company also has the ability to operate its infrastructure on an ongoing basis. Additional services under the agreement include database consolidation,migration to a SQL environment, disaster recovery design and implementation and a redevelopment of operational processes designed to support the virtual environment.
“We look forward to where they’re going in the next six to 12 months,” Robinson said. “They’re not just stopping at virtualisation: They’ve got their eyes open and they’re looking towards a real-time infrastructure, and are going down the automation path as well.”
Unisys had a similar engagement with Investec in 2006 for its South African business.