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Emirates Palace Hotel virtualises IT infrastructure

Virtualisation and consolidation project speeds up key processes for hotel

Emirates Palace Hotel virtualises IT infrastructure
Emirates Palace Hotel has completed a project to upgrade and virtualise its IT infrastructure.

Emirates Palace Hotel has completed a major project to virtualise its IT infrastructure using HP solutions.

The hotel has consolidated and virtualised its IT environment in order to speed up key processes such as check-in and reservations and to eliminate downtime for guest services.

The hotel has an extensive high speed network serving its facilities and grounds, with 24/7 ‘IT Butlers' on call to provide IT support to guests. The upgrade was carried out by HP and local partner MDS.

"To maintain our 5-star guest service levels and ensure that our guests enjoy their experience here, we needed to make our IT more dynamic," said Mehmet Akdeniz, director of IT/AV, Emirates Palace. "The benefits of virtualizing our infrastructure are clear. With their proven experience of large virtualization projects, HP and MDS have enabled us to increase the reliability, flexibility and availability of our IT platform while containing costs and saving space. In addition, this has made our IT more sustainable and ‘green' by cutting energy consumption."

HP deployed a virtual platform based on HP ProLiant blade servers and HP 3PAR storage powered by Intel Xeon processors to run the hotel's business-critical applications, including finance, HR, reservations and IT support. As well as providing a faster response for guests, the new platform improves the productivity of the hotel's administrative staff by allocating more space for server databases and storing more guest details.

Through extensive VMware virtualisation and server consolidation, HP has boosted the Emirates Palace Hotel's IT efficiency, performance and business continuity while improving space utilization in the data centre. A compact HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure with HP ProLiant blade servers running Intel Xeon processors with built-in intelligence and energy-efficient cooling has increased productivity by efficiently balancing workloads, and reduced power costs. It also enables more effective use of the hotel's storage resources.

Data recovery times have been significantly reduced by an HP 3PAR solution running Intel Xeon processors with remote disk-to-disk backup replication, which allows the hotel's IT team to back up all its data to disk and restore with performance of up to 40TB per hour. By eliminating duplicate data and providing up to 20 times more disk-space savings for efficient data protection, scalable HP StoreOnce B6200 Backup systems protect growing volumes of data and simplify data management across the whole environment.

To ensure that the migration from physical to virtual servers was achieved without interruption to the hotel's daily business, HP Technology Services carefully tested all application servers before they went into production. Applications such as Exchange Mailbox, Opera, PABX and Micros run on dedicated HP servers.

"HP helps businesses like the Emirates Palace transform their legacy infrastructure to achieve tomorrow's goals," said Herbert Zierl, HP UAE managing director. "HP simplifies the data centre, making it more energy- and space-efficient while being less expensive to operate."

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