Surrey County Council Redefines Local Government IT with Nutanix
London, UK. – December 11th , 2014 – Surrey County Council, one of the largest local government bodies in the United Kingdom, today announced that it has chosen Nutanix, the web-scale converged infrastructure company, for the migration of its existing data centre infrastructures to a new shared services cloud hosting platform. The new platform will allow Surrey County Council to offer connectivity, cloud, virtualization and application hosting services to not only its own organisation, but also to other local government and healthcare organisations across the region. The project supports the Council’s long-term financial strategy to save at least £200m over the next five years, helping it to become more operationally efficient by dramatically reducing IT operating costs, freeing up resources locally and contributing towards its environmental targets centred on carbon footprint reduction.
The new Web-scale, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform, housed in a 170-rack data centre, will offer each of Surrey’s regional borough and district councils a centrally-managed and serviced infrastructure and computing environment, enabling them to move away from having to own and support their own separate dedicated infrastructures, data centres and computing environments. Its introduction will also allow them to exploit the benefits of virtualization and hyperconvergence technologies across the new cloud-based infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of consolidating and standardizing to a common platform and application set across all of the councils.
Introduced to the benefits of Nutanix’s technology through its local integration partner, Virtuoso, Surrey County Council chose Nutanix because of its unique scale-out proposition: the ‘invest as you grow’ approach and simplified cost structure for turn-up of service is an attractive proposition for local government bodies looking to reduce upfront capital expenditure in today’s economic climate. Other key factors in Surrey County Council’s choice were the ease of management and deployment – the entire platform was ready for service within four months of the project start – as well as Nutanix’s ability to support flexible, multi-hypervisor environments.
Paul Brocklehurst, CIO of Surrey County Council, commented on the new implementation: “Nutanix and Virtuoso will enable the council to deliver cost effective, scalable and robust IT services to our local partners, ultimately helping us deliver on our long-term strategy to rationalise and consolidate local government services across the region, saving costs and delivering a better experience to our residents.”
Paul Phillips, Regional Director for Nutanix, added: ‘By choosing Nutanix, Surrey County Council has elected to take a pathfinder approach to scaling and optimising their IT requirements, allowing it to deliver a simplified, highly cost-efficient and infinitely scalable approach to servicing their growing client user base. This is a model that is easily replicated across local authorities and healthcare providers everywhere, helping them to scale and manage their infrastructure whilst still contributing significantly to the economic and environmental targets placed upon them’.
About Surrey County Council
Surrey County Council governs the non-metropolitan county of Surrey in the United Kingdom, is the fifth most populous non-metropolitan council in England and is home to just over one million people in an area covering 644 km². There are 11 borough or district councils that govern at a more local level than Surrey County Council. Surrey has the highest GDP per capita and is home to more organisation and company headquarters than any other county in the United Kingdom.
Virtuoso is a London-based IT systems integrator and managed service provider that designs, implements and manages business IT systems. Virtuoso differentiates by genuinely partnering with customers, delivering business aligned solutions and introducing innovation and agility. Learn more at www.virtuoso-uk.com
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