Virtualisation provides 300pc boost at Shannon Aerospace

24 Nov 2010

Shannon Aerospace has achieved performance gains of almost 300pc and reduced energy consumption by 28pc after implementing a virtualised environment through a deal with Dell.

The savings are based on reductions in power and cooling, as well as the deployment and management costs of the infrastructure that Dell deployed.

Dell’s Solution Architects, who give customers access to high-end, solutions-based technical expertise, designed a new enterprise solution specifically tailored to meet Shannon Aerospace’s needs.

Shannon Aerospace’s server infrastructure was virtualised to provide up to 15 virtual servers, offering redundancy in a cluster environment, increased storage capacity and top performance through optimised storage tiering and utilisation of the latest server technology.

“We’ve worked with the Dell team for several years and they really brought value to the table by offering us a solution that simplified our existing infrastructure and reduced management and maintenance costs while increasing our computing power,” explained Ray Wallace, director of IT at Shannon Aerospace.

Robust solution

The solution included Dell/EMC CX4 storage arrays, Dell PowerEdge servers based on Intel Xeon ‘Nehalem EX’ technology, Microsoft Hyper-V, Dell ProSupport and Dell Consulting Services.

“By moving to a new, virtualised infrastructure, Shannon Aerospace has successfully reduced its footprint in the data centre, leading to lower energy consumption and significant cost savings,” David Dolan, regional sales manager, Dell, explained.

“Dell has reduced the complexity of the existing system while delivering a more robust solution that positions Shannon Aerospace well for future growth.”

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