ADEKA Singapore, the food and chemical manufacturing arm of ADEKA Corporation, has adopted Microsoft System Center 2012 along with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V to virtualise its physical servers.
Besides providing improvements in workload management, the company said that the deployment has helped it to save close to a million dollars to date. It added that it expects to reap further cost savings of between S$250,000 to S$350,000 annually over the next five years.
Previously, ADEKA Singapore's IT infrastructure consisted of physical servers - a mix of hardware acquired over the years. The lack of hardware capacity meant that single physical servers had multiple roles - one could be a file server acting as a domain controller, while hosting network services.
"Our infrastructure was not in a good state and we had issues with implementing new applications as we had to cram applications into the same server. Even our vendors and system integrators were very wary of making changes to our servers," said Nigel Lim, IT Manager, ADEKA Singapore.
"Virtualisation was the best way forward due to practical considerations. Shifting our data centre would not have achieved our objective of overhauling our IT infrastructure and lowering our IT costs through consolidation," he added.
Improving reliability and reducing costs with Microsoft Cloud
Currently, ADEKA Singapore has deployed various components of System Centre 2012, including: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to manage the data centre end-to-end, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for patch management and software and hardware inventory, and System Center Virtualisation Manager (SCVMM) to pool and virtualise the firm's compute, network and storage resources for management on a single screen.
With the built-in monitoring features and automated provisioning of servers provided by SCOM, ADEKA Singapore obtained improved visibility and control over their physical and virtualised assets. The incorporated knowledge base in SCOM also allowed the IT team to learn and gain insights into the environment and acquire better proficiency in restoring services in a shorter amount of time.
The management pack feature of SCOM also enabled the IT team to save time searching for faults as variances from established baselines are identified early on, reducing operating costs incurred from remediating non-compliant physical or virtual servers.
Through the adoption of virtualisation and system management automation, the company is able to operate its IT ecosystem with just two staff members
Commenting on the process of virtualising the companies' physical servers, Lim said, "Migration was simpler than anticipated and even concerns about compatibility with external vendor software proved unfounded. Microsoft's solutions proved to be open and interoperable."
Augmenting disaster recovery planning
One of ADEKA Singapore's key concerns was implementing disaster recovery capabilities whilst keeping within reasonable budget constraints.
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