Virtualisation drives efficiencies for Keppie Design

Case Study: IT & Cloud Services

Keppie Design is one of the UK’s leading international architectural design practices with offices in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Employing over 150 architects and with a 160 year heritage, Keppie aspires to create high-quality built environments through the sensitive interaction of form, light and structure.

The practice is truly multi-disciplinary, offering services in architecture, town planning, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design, with extensive experience in the healthcare, education, commercial and retail sectors.

As part of a refresh program for server infrastructure, Keppie was running on 14 servers across 4 sites that needed to be replaced. The firm was looking for a solution that would offer maximum efficiencies in IT management while at the same time delivering strong reliability, resilience and expandability.

After a review of options, Keppie appointed Castle Computer Services to implement their VMware virtualisation solution.

Colin Anderson, IT Manager at Keppie Design, said:

“Our focus was on cost management without loss of local availability or reliability for the network.  We wanted a system that would be easy to manage and reduce the workload on the IT team, while at the same time allowing the flexibility to upscale as the business continues to grow.

“The introduction of the VMware solution has created real efficiencies in our IT management, dramatically reducing the time to undertake routines tasks, such as upgrades. Our hardware estate has reduced from 14 servers to 5 host servers spread over 4 sites and provides us with plenty of room for expansion as the business grows.

“The network across our four offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness is considerably more resilient and data can be very quickly replicated in the event of a system failure, minimizing the impact on day to day business. We look forward to rolling this technology out to our remaining 2 offices in Manchester and Belfast in the near future.

“We were impressed with Castle’s depth of experience and they delivered a solution that completely met Keppie’s needs, working closely with us to ensure that the transition to a virtualised network was smooth and without problems.

“Virtualisation will deliver a defined return on investment for us in terms of efficiencies and the reduction in replacing expensive hardware.”

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