ActionAid is an international aid and development charity working in over 50 countries around the world. They approached Ethical IT (EIT) as they were looking to reduce costs that were being paid to a Docklands based high end Data Centre which was hosting much of their equipment in return for very high monthly fees. The charges were made up of a combination of connectivity, physical space, and power consumption. This last element in particular had increased in cost over the years as more equipment was added to the platform, and electricity prices went up, to the point where the running costs were becoming prohibitive.
Whilst having a data centre facility is crucial to the high availability of core global systems, EIT were asked to look at exactly what was provided by their Data Centre, and how savings could be made to bring the power costs down.
Through the use of vmware virtualisation technology, we were able to reduce the number of physical servers active and drawing power, from 12 to 6, whilst maintaining the same level of service, which represented a huge power reduction and at the same time not requiring any additional hardware
We also identified several backup systems. Through our unique relationship with The Ethical Property Company, utilising our own “Ethical Cloud” we were able to remove the backup systems, and relocate them to space we maintained ourselves, at a fraction of the cost. The space is still secure, resilient and boasts 99,99% up time, but at a cost that is ideal for collocating backup systems while giving ActionAid the possibility of off-site backups and a standby platform should the Data Centre go down.