The Problem

RPMI initially engaged C>Ways in 2008 to assist with improving and updating their network infrastructure. At that time all RPMI’s services were delivered on approximately 60 physical servers with its own individual dedicated storage, network connections, power consumptions and backup devices. The initial project involved C>Ways introducing server consolidation through server virtualisation and centralised storage reducing the 60 physical servers to 6.

The Solution

Following the success of the initial project, in 2010 C>Ways designed and installed a fully resilient network infrastructure split between two floors in one building. During 2011 and 2012 C>Ways introduced server and storage resiliency between two dedicated data centres within one of their offices which allowed for each of the data centres to be relocated twice during a refurbishment project with zero impact to business operations.

Return on Investment

As RPMI continued to grow it recognised a requirement for its own dedicated data centre which would provide the necessary business continuity to support that growth. C>Ways facilitate this growth through increased storage and network bandwidth to improve  performance and designing and implementing the new data centre. During the lifetime of the partnership C>Ways had a vision of the future for RPMI ensuring that each stage of the IT development has been a stepping stone to the bigger picture, taking advantage of the ever evolving IT landscape, crystallising in what we at C>Ways have coined ‘Elastic IT’; allowing your IT infrastructure complete freedom to react to your current requirements.
C>Ways have made RPMIs IT ‘elastic’ via the use of virtualisation technology and software to control where applications, and the data created by those applications, are housed. This technology empowers the RPMI IT team to do ‘really clever things’ such as move  applications, data and services where they fit best without affecting service. Taking this further, it allows RPMI to use Cloud in an innovative way, they can control what they need to push external into the cloud and what they need to bring out of 3rd party cloud services and back into their data centres.