PartnerIT helps clients keep their businesses running smoothly with hyperconverged enterprise cloud infrastructure from Lenovo and Nutanix

Overview
To keep its cloud services running like clockwork even as its clients’ data exploded, PartnerIT wanted the ability to scale its infrastructure rapidly. By embracing a hyperconverged compute and storage environment based on the Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software, PartnerIT boosts performance, increases reliability and enables straightforward scalability – helping it provide outstanding services now and in the future.
 
“The Lenovo-Nutanix solution delivers the high levels of reliability and performance we need to keep client services running seamlessly – freeing them to focus on running their businesses.”
 —Chris Boudreau,
Co-owner and CTO,
PartnerIT
 
Solution components
Hardware
Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance with Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family
Lenovo RackSwitch G8052
Lenovo Rackswitch G8142E
 
Software
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform
•             Nutanix Acropolis
•             Nutanix Prism
 
“We installed the cluster in just half a day. Because the nodes come pre-tested and pre-integrated with Nutanix software, it was simply a matter of plug and play. In fact, it was so quick and easy that I kept asking whether something was missing!”
 —Chris Boudreau,
Co-owner and CTO,
PartnerIT
 
Headquartered in London, Canada, PartnerIT is a regional leader in IT services, offering everything from private cloud to managed print services. The company partners with businesses of all sizes to deliver cost-effective and transparent IT support and services.

Keeping client service levels high
For many small businesses, taking advantage of the latest IT innovations isn’t always easy – or affordable. PartnerIT delivers cloud services that help companies big and small get the most out of their IT without breaking the bank.

Chris Boudreau, Co-owner and CTO of PartnerIT, begins: “We work with a lot of small companies – from non-profit organizations to local insurance firms – that don’t have their own dedicated IT departments. We’re here to help companies like these make the most of new technologies, such as cloud computing, to help their businesses run smoothly.”
Increasing numbers of PartnerIT’s clients are embracing digital business processes. The company recognized that its compute and storage infrastructure could only support the fast rate of data growth for so long before service levels began to suffer.

“Our existing hosting infrastructure was starting to show its age,” says Chris Boudreau. “Although the infrastructure could support operations as they stood, there wasn’t room for growth. And with more and more clients looking to move to the cloud, we knew we needed to take our infrastructure to the next level to ensure we could meet increasing demand.”

Selecting a future-ready solution
In search of a highly available and easily scalable infrastructure for its managed services business, PartnerIT turned to long-term partner Lenovo.

Chris Boudreau recalls: “We’d looked at various hyperconverged architectures available on the market and were very impressed with Nutanix’s solutions. When Lenovo announced that it was partnering with Nutanix to create a pre-integrated hyperconverged infrastructure, we couldn’t have been happier. We’ve worked with Lenovo for many years and know from experience that Lenovo servers are robust, reliable and high-performing.”

Working closely with Lenovo, PartnerIT implemented a three-node Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance integrated with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software and powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family as the foundation for its new cloud service platform.

“We installed the cluster in just half a day,” says Chris Boudreau. “Because the nodes come pre-tested and pre-integrated with Nutanix software, it was simply a matter of plug and play. In fact, it was so quick and easy that I kept asking whether something was missing!”

Delivering stellar services cost-effectively
As storage and compute nodes in the cluster are pooled as a single virtual structure, PartnerIT gained a flexible, scalable, easy-to-manage hyperconverged infrastructure. Today, the company runs all its client solutions, services and cloud environments, as well as its own back-office systems, on the Lenovo-Nutanix solution.

Chris Boudreau comments: “We’ve seen a big boost in performance since migrating all of our systems to the Lenovo-Nutanix solution. Better still, we’ve received a great deal of positive feedback from clients who have noticed a significant difference in the responsiveness of our services.”

By virtualizing, managing and orchestrating its compute and storage resources from a single point of control, it is now easier than ever for PartnerIT to onboard new clients to its cloud platform.

Chris Boudreau elaborates: “With the Nutanix Prism tool, we can manage virtualization, compute and storage resources via a single pane of glass. This has helped to streamline the onboarding process, enabling us to get new clients’ environments up and running more quickly and easily.

“What’s more, we also save so much time on day-to-day maintenance by using Nutanix Prism. During a recent operating system update, we estimate that we saved 50 percent in terms of management time. And, because of the plug-and-play nature of the Lenovo-Nutanix solution, we predict that we’ll be able to scale our infrastructure 75 percent faster, enabling us to react fast to spikes in demand.”

By replacing four servers and two SAN storage systems with the three-node Lenovo-Nutanix cluster, PartnerIT more than halved its physical footprint, going from 24 units of rack space to just ten. As well as saving data center space, the company expects to see considerable reductions in energy costs.

Chris Boudreau concludes: “We – and our clients – are very happy with our Lenovo-Nutanix hosting infrastructure. The biggest benefit, from our point of view, is that we have complete peace of mind that the platform won’t suddenly go down in the middle of the night. The Lenovo-Nutanix solution delivers the high levels of reliability and performance we need to keep client services running seamlessly – freeing them to focus on running their businesses.”

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 PartnerIT, visit: www.partnerit.ca or connect with @PartnerITCanada
 
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