Aviva invests €3m in data centre refresh

2 Jun 2015

Aviva will make savings of €1.5m this year through IT upgrade

Insurance firm Aviva has invested €3m in a data centre refresh project to modernise its ageing IT infrastructure.

The move will reduce the insurer’s data-centre footprint by approximately a quarter.

Aviva contracted network firm Triangle to build a secure dark-fibre data centre network and storage area network (SAN) fabric.

It replaced a fleet of 350 Wintel systems with VMware virtualised systems and replaced old storage systems with systems based on IBM FlashSystem technology.

Aviva’s TSS infrastructure manager Ian Farnan said that the investment will recoup savings of €1.5m this year and €800,000 next year.

“This is real estate in the centre of Dublin, which is very expensive, so it’s a fantastic saving,” Farnan said.

“We’ve also achieved significant energy savings because our electricity use has reduced by about three quarters and the cooling is significantly reduced as well, which is great from an environment point of view.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years