Generation 9 servers add compute power to this web-hosting client

Customer Challenges

  • Aging fleet of servers across several Datacenters
  • Rack density and power requirements spiralling out of control
  • Challenges in identifying the latest VMware vSAN compatible hardware

Phase 1 Solution

  • HP DL380’s running VMware vSAN
  • HP MLS Tape Library
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Customer Engagement

By way of personal referral, this leading Cheshire based managed service and IT consultancy firm approached Port-P at the start of 2016, seeking assistance with an immediate requirement to start refreshing a vast array of soon to be obsolete servers from their privately owned Datacenters.

Trusting in Port-P’s technical excellence, as well as ability to look at all Vendor options in the market, this client asked Port-P to present a multitude of server options that were to be VMware vSAN compatible. This was to include different form factors from many different vendors.

Port-P engaged with the likes of HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Supermicro to seek the ideal balance of price and performance. Owning several datacenters from which end client services were hosted, rack density, power requirements and cost per ‘U’ were key factors.  By collaborating closely with the customer, Port-P’s technical team were able to understand the exact business requirements driving the refresh, as well as the impact to the business if a wrongly designed solution was deployed.

After exhaustive research across the various Vendor options, Port-P were able to identify with the customer that a solution based on HPE DL380’s with VMware vSAN approved storage components would be the ideal platform.  By using VMware vSAN atop the latest Gen9 servers from HPE, the customer was able to massively condense the number of servers and subsequent U space occupied in their racks.

Port-P were then able to leverage partner certification credentials in negotiating a price point with HPE on behalf of the customer, that ensured the initial phase, essentially a proof of concept, was deployed within budget in a timely fashion.

Results and Conclusion

Through 21 years of experience coupled with deep understanding of typical issues that can occur within the modern Datacenter, Port-P were able to immediately understand the challenges this customer faced and were able to produce, within one week of the initial conversation, several different, yet viable options for further consideration.

Having agreed with Port-P’s recommendation to standardise on HPE’s latest generation of server technology this customer now has template configurations for future upgrades.

Furthermore, an added benefit of Port-P leveraging their Vendor relationships, this client now also has an HPE Account Management team aligned to them to further support their HPE experience.