Money Is Not Everything
Modern IT operations is about resources at several levels. Obviously, there is a financial level. As far as performance goes, the finger is pointed at the human resources within the company: what skills do we have internally, and which skills do we need to purchase? This is a new, yet classic, dilemma for many when it comes to IT operations, and this was also the case for Infomedia.
“For a while, we had been using Infrastructure as a Service, but when it was all said and done, we were not completely satisfied with the outcome. Did it truly make sense to outsource it or was it time to take it back? This particular question became very relevant when we needed to update our servers,” Claus says and adds: “We contacted several suppliers and asked for their input all the way around from PC’s and storage to networks including backup and all licenses. Once again, we confirmed how valuable proper understanding and guidance are. In this instance, edgemo came through with a better solution than everybody else. The proposal for this particular project was not necessarily cheaper, but they had a completely different understanding of what we actually needed.”
Claus explains that a crucial starting point in creating the solution was to determine which resources he and Infomedia would handle themselves: “Several of our team members had experience in running servers and in this, edgemo was good about bringing us up to speed rather than selling us a bunch of unnecessary solutions. At this juncture, guidance and improvement of qualifications were a part of the solution. This is where I felt the collaboration truly demonstrated its power”.
No Noise or Worries
As we write this, we are approaching the day of the ribbon cutting for our solution. “We have everything running in a test environment right now and we have a lot of confidence in everything being sized just right. This is a new type of SAN and IBM guarantees that there is room because of the compression. We expect to migrate in April of 2023 so it will of course be exciting.”
Claus explains that he remains calm and that is largely due to the faith he has in the collaboration itself. “I have never experienced any large fall-outs working with edgemo and when it comes to Lenovo, all I can say is that we are satisfied. This applies whether we are talking PC’s, monitors, or hardware – we are big fans! Occasionally, when we have tried other manufacturer’s laptops, they were always noisy and in addition to that, Lenovo just has a support function in a league of its own”, they say. “When we say we are calm, this is also because we have used edgemo’s buffer inventory – especially when there was a large chip shortage. With that, we were able to strike when we needed something, whether it was PC’s, docking stations, or anything else. This has saved us from a lot of worry. They have our back in many ways,” Claus Lindquist Henriksen, Head of Nordic IT Operations, Infomedia, concludes.
Facts about the Solution
We started out by completing a thorough analysis which resulted in the following solution:
- A design based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 servers for a large VMware-cluster with a single 32cores AMD CPU in each – in order to optimally utilize the VMware Enterprise Plus licensing.
- Veeam Backup & Replication distributed in two locations, once again with a Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 server as well as Lenovo D3284 JBOD storage for backup data, which also included Veeam O365 backup.
- VMware- and Veeam licenses were delivered with the Lenovo servers in order to obtain the proper pricing.
- IBM storage is already known to Infomedia and therefore, it made sense to include this in an overall datacenter solution with 5 years of service in order for Infomedia to create its own datacenter on premises with complete peace of mind.