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Cisco Next-Gen Converged Infrastructure

Client: Ivari
Industry: Financial Services

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

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

Challenges

  • Simplify the infrastructure to eventually utilize an IaaS platform
  • Transform IT to focus on its business

Our Contribution

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.

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.

Services

Advisory Services
Converged Infrastructure
Cloud Services Delivery

Outcomes

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