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Bangalore: Biocon Limited has consolidated data centre operations with an HP CloudSystem Matrix and an HP Enterprise Virtual Array 8400 to support business growth.

Over recent years the number of end-users employing its IT infrastructure had increased rapidly and the system could not keep pace with the organization’s impressive performance. Biocon therefore needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure to support growth. Moreover, the company wanted to address power and cooling as well as floor space issues in its data centre.

As part of a long-term IT convergence project, Biocon sought to consolidate the workload onto a virtualized environment, move to scale-out storage, and adopt service-oriented management and delivery strategies. The company also wanted to develop a private cloud solution built on HP Converged Infrastructure to augment growing business requirements.

To help Biocon achieve its objectives, the local HP Technical Consulting team provided consulting services about storage data migration and consolidation. The team conducted a storage infrastructure assessment and recommended that Biocon should consolidate the existing storage environment by deploying a new high-end HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA).

After deliberating about the report’s recommendation for almost three months, Radhakrishnan G, general manager - systems, Biocon Limited, decided to implement a solution comprising an HP CloudSystem Matrix and an HP EVA 8400. The HP CloudSystem Matrix built on HP Converged Infrastructure is one of the few solutions certified by Microsoft to work with Hyper-V, its hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. With Biocon and HP working together for more than a decade, Radhakrishnan felt another crucial factor was a proven track record of service and support.

To avoid complexity and prevent resources under-utilization, Radhakrishnan was certain that he should not modernize the data centre piecemeal. “That strategy would have created repetitive, time-consuming purchase orders, service agreements and management approvals,” he explains. “The HP solution avoids these issues. It provides a complete infrastructure platform that plugs into our environment and changes with our business needs. Biocon is the first Indian pharma company to deploy an HP CloudSystem Matrix.”

HP shipped the fully-tested and pre-configured CloudSystem Matrix and EVA 8400 solution to Biocon’s data centre. Regional implementation experts from the HP consulting delivery team produced a detailed project plan and the assigned project manager facilitated fast and reliable deployment. The team conducted the storage consolidation and migration exercise online without any data loss and the solution entered production on time with minimum downtime and no business disruption. “The whole implementation and migration was seamless, it appeared to be done with the click of a button,” says Radhakrishnan.

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