Crossflight selects EMC over Hitachi, IBM and HP to transform its IT infrastructure

Infotech Lead America: Crossflight, an express courier, mail and logistics provider in the UK, has selected EMC over Hitachi, IBM and HP to transform its IT infrastructure.

90 percent of Crossflight’s customer orders are conducted online through its website. It selected EMC VNX unified storage to manage its mission-critical applications, such as Pervasive SQL; minimize costly downtime and boost its storage performance and availability. Crossflight is also using VMware vSphere for its 85 percent VMware virtualized infrastructure.

Crossflight has increased performance by 20 percent since implementing VNX.

With VNX and vSphere, Crossflight is able to efficiently manage its infrastructure and perform system maintenance without any service interruption to its vital online transaction services.

Crossflight has reduced power and cooling demands by 50 percent with VNX and vSphere, while avoiding costly downtime for maintenance that can lead to £60,000 in missed revenue per day.

Tight integration between VNX and VMware has simplified system management, reducing administration time and cost and enabling Crossflight’s IT staff to focus on more critical projects.

Guy Dawson, IT Manager, Crossflight: “Due to the nature of our business, data availability and performance is vital to our operation. If our systems go down, our operations can completely stop and we can lose up to £60,000 per day. Thanks to more powerful processors in the VNX, performance has increased by 20 per cent and the total cost of ownership is lower. With our IT infrastructure upgraded, we can ensure we provide the highest quality level of service to our customers.”

“Because of integrated VMware tools and enhancements, the administration and management of the VNX requires little oversight. There’s so little to it and it’s so easy to use. We can create and provision new virtual machines in only minutes, and take snapshots of virtual machines for testing and backup. Customer support was another key reason we selected EMC. We find the EMC support staff is extremely knowledgeable and has the virtualization expertise we require,” Dawson added.

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