Transguard Group migrates to cloud with HP

Converged Infrastructure solution expected to foster “agile” response to business needs

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Transguard Group migrates to cloud with HP Shihabi: Businesses like Transguard need to respond rapidly to changing demands on their IT systems.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 23, 2013

HP today announced that Emirates Group's Transguard division has completed deployment of a cloud solution based on HP Converged Infrastructure.

Headquartered in Dubai's Airport Freezone, Transguard Group provides support services to businesses across the UAE. Its 18,000-strong workforce provides cash management, security technology and airport services.

"Our servers were aging and becoming relatively slow, our network was becoming outdated, and we were running out of data storage space," says Alexander de Oliveira, director, Transguard.

"To give us the agility to respond more rapidly to changing business demands, we consolidated and virtualised our IT environment with HP Converged Infrastructure. This enables us to provision services in a faster, more agile way. No need now to wait for lengthy sizing, evaluation and ordering cycles: the IT team is able to provide the business with the support it needs, instantly. We expect moving to the cloud with HP will deliver a substantial return on investment."

"Virtualising Transguard's data centre environment with HP CloudSystem has boosted IT efficiency while lowering overall cost of ownership," HP said in an emailed statement.

"Based on high performance HP ProLiant server blades, HP CloudSystem provides a flexible, reliable, secure private cloud platform for the dynamic provisioning of IT infrastructure-as-a-service."

At the network core, dual redundant HP 10508 switches are said to deliver "99.999%" uptime and 10GB connectivity, while HP 5800 Series Switches at the aggregation layer are designed to provide the bandwidth necessary for secure, high-speed communications throughout the organisation by automatically assigning VLANs (virtual local area networks) to free bandwidth for high-speed video and voice traffic as well as data.

More than 100TB of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage is expected to boost Transguard's data storage performance and availability while reducing data centre space and energy usage. "Tiered storage ensures that the most active data is rapidly accessible while data used less often is automatically moved to lower, less expensive tiers," HP explained.

"HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software controls costs by allowing Transguard to purchase only the disk capacity they need, as they need it. The whole centrally managed environment is flexible and scalable, enabling Transguard to change and expand data storage provisioning without pre-planning or interruption to services."

Also part of the solution are HP StoreOnce and MSL StoreEver tape libraries for backup, while HP Data Protector software has been installed to "mitigate risk with fully automated, instant application recovery".

"Businesses like Transguard need to respond rapidly to changing demands on their IT systems," says Eyad Shihabi, managing director, HP Middle East.

"By extending the power of the cloud across infrastructure, applications and information, HP enables Transguard to deliver flexible, cost-effective services."

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