Envea UK Ltd

Server Consolidation & Hyper-V Cluster Optimisation

Consolidation of 17 virtual guests down to 13 and more than doubled the MTBF for the cluster through best practice reconfiguration.

Envea UK Ltd (formally PCME Ltd.) are a £10m+ turnover firm, employing over 70 staff and are based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. They design and manufacture industrial particulate and flue gas velocity monitoring equipment and supply worldwide.

Problem Statement

After attempting to reduce risk with the IT function, server sprawl had become a big problem together with cost of ownership.

Application servers were underutilised, online backup costs were commensurately high, the system was overly complex and there were gaps in the licensing.

The three virtual host servers and SAN were misconfigured with no use of failover, shared storage or redundancy resulting in a very precarious installation.

Costs were unnecessarily high, the system was overly complex and Envea were not getting the most from their investment.

Solution & Benefits

We achieved a 35% reduction in virtual servers saving over £12k per year with a ROI of less than 18 months.

The Microsoft Hyper-V cluster now features shared storage for the guests and high availability reducing the risk of unplanned downtime.  All guests and servers are properly licenced.

Thanks to ctm IT Support, Envea now has a manageable and cost effective system that will robustly see us grow into the future
, Business Services Manager
Envea UK Ltd

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