Financial Sector Case Studies
SPOTLIGHT: Global Investment Bank
This global investment bank is committed to helping clients achieve and exceed their strategic and financial goals. It needed to consolidate the 20 servers and associated storage (HDS) in its operating environments. They sought a company to step up as a single OEM and serve as the solution focal point.
After several meetings between key members of the customer’s organization, EGI and several partner companies, a best-of-breed, multi-vendor solution was designed to consolidate the servers and storage environments. The new architecture was one that the OEMs pledged to support, with EGI providing architecture assistance, implementation and testing.
EGI’s dedicated project management and staff consolidated the 20 servers into two, and consolidated all UNIX and Windows environments into two storage arrays. Beyond eliminating a stove-piping problem and enhancing availability between data centers, the consolidated components also added functionality and flexibility to the environment. A centralized backup system reduced the demand for assets. The results are greater return on existing assets, a simplified environment and achievement of the client’s critical business objectives.
SPOTLIGHT: NY Financial Services Company
In order to meet a tax deadline at the end of the year, this company needed 33 servers labeled, shipped, racked, configured and tested for a new alternate data center in Georgia. Due to the holiday season, this gave EGI only two weeks to complete the installation.
Led by a dedicated project manager, the EGI team first determined exactly which machines were needed to meet the company’s requirements for processing speed, memory and I/O, as well as application compatibility. For the alternate data center, EGI ascertained expectations for labeling, delivery, record keeping and implementation of the servers and followed through to ensure all expectations were met.
All 33 servers were delivered within four days of the first server arriving onsite. The systems were successfully installed in only 10 days, helping the company to beat the tax deadline, which resulted in significant tax savings and quickly accomplished their goal of building out their alternative data center.
SPOTLIGHT: The Largest Online Foreign Currency Exchange Platform
The customer was looking for a solution that would allow them to manage a multi platform infrastructure. The business had 500 + Sun servers as well as HP and Dell servers running Solaris, Windows and Linux. They were struggling with applying patches and keeping all builds standardized. They were also challenged with getting a complete inventory. With many locations it was a logistical and costly challenge to fly people internationally in order for them to patch servers. The customer also needed to meet compliance and regulatory mandates enacted by its board of directors.
The Ergonomic Group assessed the challenges, and identified the Sun Microsystems Connection (Aduva) solution as an ideal solution to the customer’s challenges. EGI implemented the Sun Connection solution on a Satellite server, and created over 450 agents for their servers to be managed.
The result was a large cost savings in management resources. The customer now has the capability to manage its worldwide servers from one single location. There is no longer a need to fly a team around the world in order to perform patch management or system inventories. Patching was made easy in a smart and dependable way. A central repository of information about systems including hardware, package information, and configuration files (with versioning) and current patches was created.