An enhanced server and storage infrastructure solution has been rolled out for the Government Printing Works (GPW) in Pretoria by Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, in order to improve management, standardisation and control at the organisation.
“The GPW needed to migrate from its existing disparate infrastructure platform, which was running on different generations of HP Proliant servers, with some applications operating on PCs and workstations,” says Annelee Le Grange, Infrastructure Software business unit manager at Datacentrix.
She adds that the necessary infrastructure needed to be put into place in order for the organisation to deploy its newly developed ERP system. “GPW also sought greater resiliency within the new solution, in order to support its BCM initiatives.”
To achieve these objectives, Datacentrix devised an offering that included systems management using the Microsoft System Center management suite, monitoring and collaboration using Microsoft Exchange and Lync, various components of Microsoft security, VMware virtualisation software, Veeam backup and replication software, Riverbed WAN optimisation devices, Infoblox IP address management software and a number of HP solutions – from blades enclosures with servers, to an Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) SAN solution, branch servers and LAN switches.
The different technologies were integrated at the GPW data centres and configured to provide it with the dynamic infrastructure it sought, including virtualisation, business resiliency, energy efficiency, security, service- and asset management and backup reporting.