Requirement: Infrastructure refresh, Business Continuity and DR
A complete IT Infrastructure refresh, including new HP servers, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Headquartered in Pocklington (near York) and with three further distribution centres located in Stevenage, Redditch and Chepstow, Bond International are the only independent wholesale tyre distributor in the UK. Having traded for over 45 years, they supplied nearly 2.5 million tyres to the trade in 2015.
Bond’s immediate requirement was to replace their existing hardware as their critical application, M4, resided on an ageing IBM AIX platform. This hardware was coming to the end of its intended lifespan and therefore reaching critical capacity. As a forward thinking company, Bond were also concerned about their Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, as their server room at their Stevenage site was not built for purpose; consequently, they were keen to move this into their Pockington HQ.
Having worked together for five years, Bond looked to IT Services and Solutions provider Blue Chip to provide advocacy on the best approach towards these problems.
Blue Chip replaced Bond’s existing servers with higher grade HP servers, and increased the RAM to 192GB which would more than adequately meet the server’s existing demands, as well as future requirements as Bond’s business continues to grow. In addition, Bond’s SAN was replaced with EMC’s VNX, incorporating Hybrid Storage at an affordable price.
In order to meet Bond’s requirements for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Blue Chip implemented their Virtual Machine Continuity Service (VMCS) as the platform to replace the replicated environment at Bond’s Stevenage site. Delivering enterprise-class disaster recovery capability, the Cloud environment replaced the Stevenage site as failover, whilst giving Bond control in their Comms Room at the Pockington Head Office.
Additionally, VMCS was utilised to maintain a full replica of Bond’s on-premise solution within Blue Chip’s virtual platform. This negated the overhead costs associated with a full live replica of their IaaS platform with the added advantage of, in the event of a disaster, the ability for Bond to invoke their DR Plan and utilise the IaaS platform. The solution allows the business to operate and trade whilst any IT outages are resolved.
Success and Company Benefits
Bond International stated that the refresh of their core IT infrastructure not only met their requirements, but also provided great potential for future growth; enabling a core business application to be implemented within the Virtual platform removed the potential single point of failure. The EMC VNX Hybrid Storage solution provided a fast, modern and stable approach to storage whilst reducing the overall license costs.
Additionally, Bond had a highly available Data Recovery platform and strategy to protect the business should a disaster occur. IT Manager, Robert Gibson commented “Not only do we have the peace of mind that our data is safe should the worst happen, but as our solution is tested by Blue Chip twice yearly, we don’t even have to think about our data - it’s in expert hands.”
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