Golden United builds rock-solid foundation to support competitive construction business

Overview
Property development company Golden United offers services covering everything from initial investment and financing, design and construction through to managing residential and commercial buildings. By implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure from Lenovo and Nutanix powered by Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, Golden United gained the perfect platform to keep its core business systems running reliably – while cutting costs and slashing maintenance requirements.
 
With the Lenovo-Nutanix solution in place, Golden United has dramatically cut data center complexity – and operating costs.
 
Solution components
Hardware
Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance with Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family
 
Software
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform
•             Nutanix Acropolis
•             Nutanix Prism
 
The Lenovo-Nutanix solution provides a highly reliable platform for Golden United’s business-critical ERP and CRM systems, while also offering easy flexibility to accommodate future growth.
 
Shanghai Golden United Construction & Development Co., Ltd (Golden United) is a leading real estate development and investment company. Based in Shanghai, China, Golden United offers a range of services, from financing and construction to property management. The company specializes in luxury residential and commercial developments, including apartments, villas, offices, hotels and shopping malls.

Staying competitive
One of Golden United’s largest managed developments is a city complex in Shanghai, which has a retail floor area of 50,000 square meters. As well as a plethora of stores, the complex boasts restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, in addition to spaces for art, culture and education.

From customer data analytics to construction site management, Golden United relies on its core ERP and CRM systems running reliably. Previously, the company’s small IT team struggled to manage and maintain the traditional three-tier infrastructure that supported these mission-critical systems.

With the IT team under considerable pressure, Golden United knew it need to make a change to ensure that its most critical business systems kept running, no matter what, so that it could make the most of customer data.

All-new approach to IT
After conducting an in-depth evaluation of its existing infrastructure, Golden United decided to replace its existing Storage Area Network (SAN)-based architecture with a hyperconverged infrastructure platform from Lenovo and Nutanix.

During initial discussions with the Lenovo team, Golden United recognized that hyperconvergence represented a bold new approach to IT. A visit from the Lenovo technical team confirmed Golden United’s suspicions that it was time to completely overhaul its IT infrastructure.

Working closely with the Lenovo team, Golden United implemented three Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliances as the foundation for its core business systems. Integrated with powerful Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software, the Lenovo-Nutanix platform pools compute and storage resources to create a single software-defined solution. Powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family, the Lenovo servers deliver high levels of performance and availability.

High availability, low costs
With the Lenovo-Nutanix solution in place, Golden United has dramatically cut data center complexity – and operating costs. By moving to a hyperconverged infrastructure, the company was able to cut its physical footprint by 50 percent. This has significantly reduced management and maintenance workload for the IT team, and freed them up to focus on more value-added tasks.

Moreover, the hyperconverged nature of the Lenovo-Nutanix platform eliminates the need for costly SAN storage and minimizes virtualization software expenses, further lowering the total cost of ownership. Many other storage virtualization solutions that Golden United considered charged up to USD 10,000 extra for data replication capabilities – a feature that is included as part of the Lenovo-Nutanix solution as standard.

Crucially, the Lenovo-Nutanix solution provides a highly reliable platform for Golden United’s business-critical ERP and CRM systems, while also offering easy flexibility to accommodate future growth. With this agile foundation in place, Golden United can be sure of operations running smoothly – and take full advantage of data analytics to improve services and boost profits.

For more information
To learn more about Lenovo Data Center Systems solutions, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Lenovo Business Partner, or visit: www.lenovo.com/data-center

For more information about Shanghai Golden United Construction & Development, visit: en.golden-united.com
 
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