Server virtualisation creates savings and efficiencies for Scottish Courts

Case Study:

The Scottish Courts Service’s IT system operated on a platform of twenty five servers and when seventeen of those servers were coming to the end of their operational life it prompted a review of how they might be replaced.

Dan Martin, Senior IT Systems Administrator, Scottish Courts Service, was familiar with virtualisation and decided to examine the potential for implementing a virtual server solution.

Dan Martin said:

“We had been using a virtual server for training purposes so were very familiar with the concept and the benefits that could be achieved through virtualisation.

“The need to replace seventeen servers at an average cost of £3,000 each would mean a significant investment in hardware, so after reviewing the situation the decision was made to move to virtualisation.

“After a thorough tendering process, Castle was chosen to implement a VMware virtual solution that would see the number of servers reduce from twenty five to five. Such a massive reduction in servers means that we now don’t have any of the traditional worries associated with running hardware. It used to take a considerable amount of time to restart servers, whereas now this can be done in a matter of minutes.

“There are obviously cost savings associated with running fewer servers as we don’t require as much power or cooling and overall the system is far more robust.

“VMware now plays an important part in the disaster recovery element of our business continuity plans. The system is now replicated easily at another location and can be recovered quickly in the event of a failure.”

The Scottish Courts Service was established in 1995 as an agency of the Scottish Government and is responsible for the administration of the court system in Scotland. This means providing the people, buildings and technology to support the operation of the courts.

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