Cisco Next Generation Converged Infrastructure

Client: Ivari

Ivari is a Canadian life insurance company in business for 80 years.

Ivari wanted to simplify the design and management of its business applications, allowing the IT department to focus on creating business value, rather than managing technology. This led to a substantial streamlining of the data center from 10,000 to 1,000 square feet.


  • Simplify infrastructure to eventually use an IaaS platform
  • Transform IT to focus on business

Our contribution

Ivari began changing its approach to IT infrastructure and management by first adopting a Cisco-validated Flexpod architecture. The project to implement Cisco’s next-generation converged infrastructure is part of Ivari’s virtualization strategy to increase the agility of its IT teams and simplify maintenance.

With ESI’s deep understanding of Ivari’s challenges and its industry, the assessment provided took into consideration current needs while ensuring that the architecture would also allow Ivari to integrate changes into its future business landscape. The long-standing partnership with Cisco and Ivari gave ESI a comprehensive view of customer challenges and requirements, enabling a value-added consultative approach.


Cloud Service Delivery
Converged Infrastructure
Consulting Services


Assessment to ensure that the architecture will provide the agility and flexibility needed to prepare for the future business landscape. Upgraded UCS, Nexus 7000 and 9000 servers for application-centric infrastructure (ACI). Software-defined solution to leverage automation and other services. Designed an IT architecture that optimizes business applications, while meeting all governance and security standards.