Complete infrastructure partner for leading computer game designer

Pain Points

  • Rapid server growth requirements
  • Aging blade server estate
  • High management overheads
  • Complex network cabling and cable sprawl

Solutions

  • Cisco 3750 switches
  • HPE BL460 Blade Servers and Virtual Connect modules with VMware
  • HP C7000 Chassis and servers and VMware
  • HPE All Flash 3Par
  • Palo Alto Firewalls

 

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Customer Engagement

This PC sports management game designer has long relied on Port-P’s technical knowledge, with a preferred supplier and trusted advisor relationship dating back to 2009.

With a genre leading title that continues to grow its customer base annually, this organisations IT requirements are consistently growing at a rapid pace. Both in terms of adding headcount to their development and programming teams as well as in back end Infrastructure.

Starting back in 2011, Port-P was engaged in the transformation of the entire Datacenter. Whilst a predominantly HPE house, following a mandate from their Global parent company, Port-P were instrumental in replacing their existing HPE Network with a new solution based on Cisco fixed switches, and later bolstered with the introduction of a C6500 series Chassis based switch.

In 2012 the customer embarked on virtualisation for the first time. Making use of an existing Chassis re-purposed from the parent company, Port-P put together the specifications for new Blade Servers, Virtual Connect Flex Fabric modules and HP OEM VMware.

The Virtual Connect modules (To find out more please visit the link at the end of this document) massively simplified their network layout and management, and also provided additional bandwidth in readiness for the following years HPE 3Par SAN purchase.

In both 2013 and 2014 the server estate was further expanded, with the addition of a new C7000 Blade chassis. Along with the first new Chassis in 2013, the customer also chose to replace their aged and almost full Netapp SAN. Recognising the customers’ needs for a true Tier 1 device, Port-P proposed and designed a new HPE 3Par SAN. Such was the success in meeting the clients’ device; they decided to build out on this investment with a second All Flash model in 2015 to provide a tiered storage platform that they will be able to scale for a good number of years.

Demonstrating a varied and diverse range of products and disciplines, Port-P assisted this organisation in late 2015 when it was identified that the customers network Security was in need of a revamp. Port-P engaged with Palo Alto, an Enterprise Level security vendor, and through a number of collaborative meetings, followed by a successful onsite Proof of Concept, a pair of PS3050 appliances was bought, and under Port-P’s project management, consultancy was provided to complete the on-site installation and configuration.


Results and Conclusion

Over a number of years, Port-P has played a major role in transforming this clients IT Estate, and helping them leverage the benefits from a number of new technologies. For example, by deploying Virtual Connect technology, their network has become flatter and much easier to manage, whilst providing the bandwidth required from their enterprise grade storage platform.

Furthermore, by proposing HP sourced VMware licensing, Port-P are able to manage both the hardware and software support renewals as a single annual contract with HPE and thus much reducing administrative burden on the customer.

In fact, such is Port-P’s partnership with this organisation, nearly all other facets of IT are provided, including custom built PC’s, supply and renewal management of niche software tools, printer supplies and general industry advice and guidance.