M1 has turned to Nutanix in a bid to reduce internal complexity as part of plans to boost productivity by more than 30 per cent.
Aligning to ambitions of creating a digital workforce of the future, the Singapore-based service provider was challenged by legacy server-storage architecture under pressure from transaction volume, which was unable to support future business growth.
Further requirements centred around a need to reduce time to deployment and complexity in management of the data centre, in addition to improving manpower efficiency of IT resources.
As a result, M1 deployed Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to trigger an internal transformation process, leveraging Acropolis Software and VM storage, alongside the vendor’s back-up and disaster recovery solutions.
Specifically, applications spanned MS SQL; Citirix XenApp; CRM; file and print services and test and development workloads.
Following the deployment, M1 reported “immediate improvements” in productivity of between 20 to 30 per cent, backed up by cost savings of between 10 to 15 per cent.
“The upgrade process is much simpler and only takes half a day, so much less time is wasted on planning or having to think about compatibility,” said Terence Lee, senior manager of IT Infrastructure, Virtualisation and Cloud Computing at M1. “You don’t need to schedule for a maintenance team - one-click and it’s all done.
“You also get much better density with hyper-convergence, which also leads to increased savings - we turned on compression and gained between 2x to 3x more capacity.”
Beyond more effective usage of manpower and reduced training requirements, Lee said M1 has also benefited from increased reliability and disaster recovery functions.
“In the current regulatory climate, which puts data storage and management under a whole new level of scrutiny, it’s a good bonus,” Lee added. “Nutanix consultants demonstrated excellent product knowledge and were integral to the success of our first launch, which we completed in just two days.
“Afterwards, with the team trained, we were able to take things in-house - but Nutanix was always there to offer support and best practice guidance to ensure we had no hiccups.”