Institute of Systems Science, NUS reduces Cost and Server Footprint with Virtualisation Strategy

Singapore, Singapore (PressExposure) September 13, 2009 -- /1888PressRelease/ Datacraft has been appointed to revamp the server and network infrastructure of the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science(ISS). The contract entails the consolidation of the existing network and reduction of the server footprint through the use of virtualisation technology. While reducing costs, improving flexibility and increasing application availability, this project is in line with the nation-wide drive towards Green IT implementation which ISS supports actively.

ISS’s main objective is to deploy advanced computing technologies as part of the hardware renewal exercise to improve efficiency, effectiveness, safety and cost-efficiency. After a detailed assessment, Datacraft was awarded a turnkey solution, which focuses on consolidation and standardisation using server virtualisation technology. The enhanced server infrastructure will also enable ISS to respond quickly to changing business needs.

Richard Tan, Programme Director of IT Services at ISS said: “Datacraft’s solution allows us toconsolidate our servers into a significantly reduced physical server footprint while reducing ourcooling requirements and energy consumption without compromising on the service levels and system availability.”

The solution from Datacraft comprises several components which include their expertise indesigning and building an effective and efficient data centre. Combining the use of a proven virtualisation technology along with their project management methodology, Datacraft will ensure a successful and timely implementation.

‘Going green’ is another key component of the solution. Datacraft’s solution identified how ISS can proactively incorporate green strategies into its IT infrastructure. It will involve the deployment of Sun x86 rack servers which will run VMware ESX servers to host multiple discrete systems while maintaining the required service levels; high availability and effective business continuity.

With a reduction ratio of 5:1 of physical servers, ISS will be able to reduce its monthly IT operations and maintenance expenditure. ISS will also be able to significantly reduce its electrical power consumption and cooling costs. The use of VMware server virtualisation technology improves operational flexibility, application availability and business continuity while reducing time and resources spent on provisioning, configuration, monitoring, back-up and maintenance of these servers.

“Using our expertise, we identified a complete server and network consolidation solution that is appropriate for ISS to effectively and efficiently manage existing resources, improve operational effectiveness and provide scalability for future expansion,” said Png Kim Meng, Managing Director, Datacraft Singapore. “Our experience in large-scale virtualisation projects, combined with our sophisticated project planning methodology, which guarantees minimal operational disruption using a carefully executed migration strategy were key success factors in winning this project.”

The server consolidation project is due for completion in October 2009.

About Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore The Institute of Systems Science (ISS) of the National University of Singapore, is a premier institute providing IT education and training programmes in Singapore. We offer graduate degree programmes, certification programmes as well as professional development courses delivered in the classroom and/or through e-Learning. We have trained over 60,000 people,who now constitute a major proportion of the IT professional workforce in Singapore. Since 1981, the institute prides itself on maintaining world-class quality standards in the curriculum and course offerings. We also conduct research and provide consulting services to industry.

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About Datacraft Asia Ltd

Datacraft is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a US$4.5 billion leading global IT solutions and services provider. Datacraft operates in over 50 offices across 13 Asia Pacific countries. We help clients plan, build, support, manage, improve and innovate their IT infrastructures. Datacraft combines an expertise in networking, security, data centre,storage, Microsoft solutions and converged communications & contact centre technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration, training and managed services to craft IT solutions for businesses.

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