City Electrical Factors selects HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that City Electrical Factors (CEF), the United Kingdom’s leading electrical wholesale network, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform.
HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform
The HPE GreenLake platform will enable CEF to optimize their infrastructure management and improve security using the disaster recovery capabilities of Zerto.

CEF decided to move to a cloud experience with the HPE GreenLake platform. As part of the solution the wholesaler will move into global International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers operated by HPE partner Equinix, benefitting from HPE Datacenter Technology Services to plan, design and deploy the solution.

CEF will also simplify their infrastructure management experience using HPE GreenLake Management Services and ensure their business continuity with Zerto for Disaster Recovery.

“We’ve enjoyed a long-standing partnership with HPE for the past 15 years, and we are delighted to continue this journey utilizing the HPE GreenLake platform,” said Jon Higginson, IT EMEA Director at CEF.

“As we operate over 400 stores globally, we need to ensure that we have a consistent platform that delivers an ongoing positive customer experience, scales as we grow and provides the flexibility to be tailored to potential future requirements.”

“Running the HPE GreenLake platform in a colocation is the ideal solution for customers like CEF, who are looking for a cloud experience while staying in full control of their IT,” said Matt Harris, managing director UK, HPE.

With the deployment of HPE GreenLake Management Services, CEF will entrust the managing of its infrastructure stack to HPE. By reducing the time spent on management, about 20 percent of the CEF IT team’s time will be freed up.

As part of the disaster recovery environment, the group will reduce the recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) from 24 hours down to minutes. This ensures internal and external end users stay unaffected and allows their business to continue trading. After the initial roll-out of HPE GreenLake with Zerto at their DR site in the UK, CEF is planning to deploy HPE GreenLake in Australia as well as their production site in the UK.

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