Cisco Next Generation Converged Infrastructure

Ivari is a Canadian life insurance company in business for 80 years. In order to focus on its business, Ivari is in the process of transforming its IT to simplify infrastructure, following a long-term strategy to eventually utilize an IaaS platform. This led to a substantial data center rationalization, from 10,000 to 1,000 square feet.

From 10,000 to 1,000 square feet


Ivari began to change its approach to IT management and infrastructure by first adopting a Cisco-validated Flexpod architecture. The Cisco Next Generation Converged Infrastructure implementation project is part of Ivari’s virtualization strategy to increase the agility of its IT teams and simplify maintenance.

Ivari’s strategy is to streamline its data center to simplify the design and management of its business applications, so that its IT department can focus on creating value for the business, rather than managing the technology. Thanks to ESI’s deep understanding of the challenges of Ivari and its industry, the assessment provided took into consideration current needs while ensuring that the architecture would also allow Ivari to incorporate the changes in its future business landscape. The long-standing partnership with Cisco and Ivari has given ESI a comprehensive view of the customer challenges and requirements, enabling a value-added consultative approach.

Solution Highlights


Assessment to ensure the architecture will provide agility and flexibility to prepare for the future business landscape.


Upgrade of UCS servers, Nexus 7000 and 9000 for application centric infrastructure (ACI).


Software-defined solution to take advantage of automation and other services.


Design of an IT architecture that optimizes business applications, while meeting all governance and security standards.

“ESI really helped simplify much of the management of the platform and create a much more agile and capable platform for us to run our business. They got to know our business and our people and really focused on how to help drive better business decisions.”


– James Betton, SVP, CIO & Life Operations

“When we go to them and ask them to solve certain problems for us, they always step in and get things done, that’s why we say they are capable.”


– Simon Chen,  AVP Infrastructure & Service Delivery