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Case StudyOpus energises its storage and recoveryOpus EnergyOpus Energy, a leading independent supplier of gasand electricity to businesses, turned to Softcat when itneeded to review its data storage and recovery systems.Opus Energy faced a growing problem: with vast amounts of historicdata to manage and maintain, its existing storage solutions wererunning out of steam. On top of that, the company had concerns aboutits ability to recover data in the event of a disaster. Its existing solutionwas cumbersome and difficult to manage. Opus Energy knew it madeeconomic sense to address both its storage issues and its disasterrecovery issues at the same time.Evaluating optionsHaving investigated its options, Opus Energy decided to implement afully virtualised environment. The company had worked with Softcatbefore to streamline its Microsoft licensing and had been impressedwith Softcat’s flexibility and in-depth knowledge of licensing policies,and that its recommendations had resulted in cost savings.Opus Energy wanted a partner that could provide advice andguidance, work alongside its team and at the end of the deploymenttransfer knowledge so that it could manage and maintain the newinfrastructure itself.Experienced partnerSoftcat had plenty of experience in virtualisation projects that broughthigh availability and disaster-tolerance to its clients’ infrastructures, soit was able to provide expert advice to Opus Energy. By consolidatingOpus Energy’s 50 servers to five HP blade servers, Softcat helpedits client to create a faster, more resilient solution that was easierProject profile• Enhanced storage, business continuityand disaster recovery solution• HP Blade Servers• HP SAN and NetApp storage systems• Microsoft Hyper-V server virtualisationtechnology“Softcat’s willingnessto work alongside ourinternal IT team, sharetheir knowledge andensure that we are ableto manage and maintainour new virtualisedinfrastructure, makesthem the ideal partnerfor Opus Energy.”Daniel Maitland, IT directorOPUS ENERGYSoftcat | Fieldhouse Lane | Marlow | Bucks | SL7 1TBW: www.softcat.com | T: 01628 403 403 | E: sales@softcat.com


to maintain. The power savings alone mean that the virtualisedinfrastructure will pay for itself in just a few years.Softcat’s disaster recovery specialists proposed a solution basedaround the NetApp SAN which would eliminate single points of failureand allow synchronous replication, ensuring business continuity inthe event of a disaster. They implemented Microsoft Hyper-V servervirtualisation technology to provide a reliable virtualisation solutionthat allowed Opus Energy to improve its server utilisation, perform livemigration and provide live backup.Business transformationNow live, Opus Energy’s new virtualised environment is delivering thebenefits and capabilities that the organisation wanted. The virtualisedsolution has radically transformed its storage, backup and disasterrecovery capabilities.“The infrastructure iseasy to maintain andwe can provision newservers extremely quickly.We can now provideinternal services that wesimply couldn’t considerpreviously, deliveringimmense benefits to thegroup. We have savedtime, money and resourcesand have been able tostrengthen our disasteravoidanceand disasterrecoveryplans, andreduce scheduled andunscheduled downtime.”Daniel Maitland, IT directorOPUS ENERGYAbout SoftcatSoftcat is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat was founded in 1993by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs over 400 people. Itachieved a turnover in excess of £220 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting ina strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations. The company sells and supports products and solutions from allthe world’s leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including adviceand guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a tradingrelationship with over 2,500 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including largeenterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations. As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things –outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.Softcat | Fieldhouse Lane | Marlow | Bucks | SL7 1TBW: www.softcat.com | T: 01628 403 403 | E: sales@softcat.com

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