Case Study: Logicalis Powers the Cloud with IO Anywhere®

November 14th, 2011 | Posted by admin in IO | News

IO Anywhere

Challenge

Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, wanted to expand its cloud solution environment to support the ever-growing demand from its customers. With an immediate need to expand their growing cloud computing services, they needed a data center solution – and fast. Logicalis needed a provider that could grow with it, a strategic partner that could rapidly engineer and deploy a highly available, redundant computing environment while minimizing cost, as well as maximizing return on investment.

Flexibility, reliability and scalability were all required attributes that Logicalis’ current data center provider lacked. “We needed someone agile, but which could also scale in flexible increments that fit our business needs,” says Bob Mobach, Data Center Director at Logicalis. “IO’s modular data center technology platform delivered just that, and more.”

In Logicalis’ consulting practice, it helps customers with cloud readiness assessments that include data center evaluation and design. The company knows what a state-of-the-art data center should look like. “IO’s ability to deliver high-density computing in a smaller footprint was a perfect fit for Logicalis. It’s how companies should do business in the data center world today,” adds Mobach.

Why IO?

Logicalis chose IO for many reasons, IO was already a trusted partner that Logicalis had an existing relationship with at IO Phoenix for their Data Center as a Service (DCaaS™) offering. “We could not build a data center of the same class, timeframe and reliability,” Mobach says.

In addition to IO’s enterprise-class infrastructure and deep operational experience, Logicalis selected IO on the basis of its innovative modular technology and expandable data center platform to support business growth.
“As our cloud business and customer base grows, it is hard to predict what the growth pattern will be. That’s why we decided not to be in the data center infrastructure business when it came to expanding our cloud computing solutions,” states Mobach. “With IO Anywhere®, we have a highly available, redundant computing environment for the cloud and no longer need to wait for the facility to expand to meet our needs.”

High density and energy efficiency were critical factors for Logicalis. “Accommodating up to 18 cabinets in the module, 8.5 KW per cabinet, the power density of the IO Anywhere module is significant. It was an easy decision to move forward with IO’s densely packed, cloud- and blade-centric infrastructure,” explains Mobach.

Solution

Operating from IO Phoenix, Logicalis commissioned IO’s modular data center technology platform that includes 100% of the critical infrastructure required for a high-density, always-on data center. From power delivery to cooling to network connectivity, everything is integrated to ensure high availability and business continuity in the cloud.

Manufactured from a standards-based architecture, modular data center systems allow enterprises to deploy large-scale, just-in-time data center solutions. At the foundation of the modular data center system is the IO OS® – the first data center operating system that provides integrated data center monitoring, alarming, remote control, and management. The IO OS seamlessly integrates the data center into an enterprise IT appliance to maximize resiliency, efficiency and utilization.

IO’s integrated hardware and software platform has completely separated the data center technology infrastructure from the physical real estate allowing customers to acquire digital energy without compromise to location. In this new model, data centers are delivered as hardware and software – like other IT purchases – utilizing modular platforms which allow organizations to start small, only pay for what they use and grow quickly as needed without disruption to existing operations.

Results

Logicalis initially set out to achieve the overall objectives of flexibility, reliability as well as scalability. “Not only was this achieved in a rapid manner, it was done so efficiently through IO’s modular data center technology that it will forever change the way in which we plan, deploy and manage our data centers,” says Mobach.

“It is strong validation for IO’s fast-emerging modular data center model that Logicalis – a global IT provider with a world-class data center practice – selected IO Anywhere to power its growing cloud computing business,” said Anthony D’Ambrosi, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at IO. “IT innovators like Logicalis are demonstrating a clear market vision where just-in-time, scalable and software-optimized data center solutions are displacing legacy real estate-based data centers that cannot keep up with the rapid pace of business.”

“IO is rewriting the book in fast IT infrastructure deployment. From the day we signed our contract to when our modular data center was ready took less than one month,” states Mobach. “IO Anywhere provides us with an enterprise-class digital energy solution to help us meet customer demand today and also allows us to expand quickly to support business growth tomorrow.”

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration, data center, and cloud computing and managed services.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.

About IO

IO designs, engineers and delivers data center infrastructure for the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. IO owns and operates data centers for hundreds of customers, and leveraged this experience to build a next-generation Data Center 2.0 technology platform. IO Anywhere modular data centers provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as Data Center as a Service and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world. IO developed the first data center infrastructure operating system, IO OS, to provide the intelligent control needed to maximize utilization, resiliency and energy efficiency. IO is a privately held company headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information on IO, please visit us on the web at io.com.

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2 Responses

  • Jake Wilson says:

    IO’s whole modular design is great. Developing and shipping their own modules as the customer needs them to anywhere they need them is great for the expanding business. It will be interesting to see how many of IO’s data center competitors follow suit.

  • Logicalis says:

    We’re happy we could partner with IO on this project! We’ve learned the power of collaboration in our global work, and we leverage it wherever possible. Read more at Logicalis.com



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