Case Study

Bond International

Requirement: Virtualisation Platform

The Client

Bond International is the only independent wholesale tyre distributor in the UK. They have 4 sites with the HQ located in Pocklington.

With a tired and ageing infrastructure in place, Bond required virtualisation technology which would consolidate the amount of physical servers, maximise performance and improve resilience within Bond’s existing server environment. A Disaster Recovery function (DR) was also needed reduce the risk of the IT failure to the business.

Solution

Blue Chip designed and built a comprehensive virtualisation platform on-premise; using HP servers, VMware hosts and EMC SAN storage. These world-class technologies provided a flexible and scalable solution should Bond International expand.

Virtual infrastructure management and data protection was addressed by installing Veeam. This business tool creates off-site data replication and back up and enables Bond International to continue working in the event of an infrastructure loss at their Pocklington HQ. To replace their outdated email server, Blue Chip installed Microsoft Exchange within the new virtual environment. A desktop virtualisation solution was implemented via Citrix XenDesktop. This provides an on-demand service to any user, anywhere, on any device and enabled Bond International to deploy remote working where necessary. This was deployed as a pilot and will be rolled out to all users in the future.

Benefits

With Blue Chip’s expertise, Bond International has a modern and stable infrastructure that has the ability to scale as required.  With a disaster recovery function in place they also have peace of mind that their systems and data are safe in the event of IT failure.

Robert Gibson, IT Manager said, “As one of the leading distributers of tyres in the UK, we required an IT system that could fully support our business operation. Virtualisation technology alongside a robust DR solution has led to reduced down time and increased productivity, enabling us to meet the demands of our clients. From consultancy through to installation Blue Chip has been a first class team to work with and we will be utilising their expertise to roll-out desktop virtualisation company wide.”

Technical Solution:

  • HP Server
  • Citrix XenDesktop
  • EMC San
  • VMware Hosts
  • Veeam

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