Corporate Systems Systems Save the Children Case Study

Customer Quote

“A site visit to an existing Corporate Systems client and to the datacentre provided me with the assurance that the solution would be delivered with the highest level of expertise.”

Mark Leman
Global IT Services Manager

Save the Children International

Solution: Consolidate Environment

A solution delivered with the highest level of expertise

Project Summary
Save the Children International is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. It operates in around 120 countries, fighting for the rights of children while providing them with an education, healthcare and protection.

With available space more difficult to manage and free space was becoming an issue Save the Children International were looking to simplify the provisioning of storage for virtual machines.

Following consultation with Corporate Systems, a solution was provided based on NetApp FAS series and consolidating existing ESX hosts

Consolidate Environment

Save the Children International had a requirement to consolidate existing VMware ESX hosts and relocate the servers to a more robust site for increased availability. Due to the fact that they were running on very low disk capacity, they needed Corporate Systems to provide them with a solution that would consolidate their existing virtual infrastructure. Shared storage was considered by Corporate Systems which would allow Save the Children International to share virtual machines amongst virtual hosts and achieve high availability.

There were a number of SAN storage requirements, including the ability to expand the storage capacity easily and a storage device that needed to be best suited in a VMware vSphere 5 environment and many database servers.

Charity Challenge

Initially, there was no shared storage solution in place and all virtual machines were hosted on local storage to the VMware server. The provisioning of available space was difficult to manage and free space was becoming sparse. Therefore, Save the Children International requested to simplify the provisioning of storage for virtual machines, used three upgraded ESX hosts and increased availability & recoverability on key systems.