Press Release: 12. October 2012

HP Cloud Solution Drives Business For ROLF Group

MOSCOW, August, 2012 — ZAO Hewlett-Packard AO today announced that ROLF Group, a leading Russian importer and retailer of cars, has migrated its IT infrastructure to an HP cloud environment. Rolf Group now has uninterrupted access to services and applications on a pay-per-use basis, driving business efficiency, freeing resource and saving costs.

“Our staff can now carry out ROLF Group’s core business of selling and servicing cars while HP experts provide us with high-quality cloud services for more efficient IT,” says Artem Pletnev, IT operations director, ROLF Group. “HP clouds are based on well-defined architecture and mature processes, providing us with stable operation, high performance and flexibility to implement changes whenever necessary. The transition of ROLF Group’s IT infrastructure to an HP cloud environment is the first, and for now, the only completed project of this scale in Russia.”

Applications which previously ran on 150 servers in ROLF Group’s data center have been transferred to a cloud environment deployed in HP’s data center in Germany. The HP cloud solution enables ROLF Group to deploy new IT services rapidly, change resource utilisation when necessary and monitor IT costs closely. IT services for new projects are ordered using a catalogue that lists prices for CPU time and data storage per gigabyte. At the end of each billing period, ROLF Group receives a detailed invoice showing all utilised systems including data storage and backup capacities and mailbox count. In addition, HP provides a Service Level Agreement (SLA) report monthly to ROLF Group.

ROLF Group’s HP cloud consists of physical servers running heavyweight production applications, and virtual servers for the rest of the applications as well as for testing. The fault-tolerant data link architecture provides ROLF Group with uninterrupted access to IT services. Microsoft Exchange Server is now provided to the customer on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis, along with SAP and 1C enterprise resource planning systems. Going forward, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases, as well as a number of other applications, will be migrated to the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model.

The HP cloud solution has enabled ROLF Group to save costs by eliminating the need to maintain several contracts for IT infrastructure and reducing the requirement for new staff. The company has put its outdated server and data storage equipment out of operation and freed up space that was being used for its corporate data center. The migration took about six months, and HP security systems and internal processes now operate flawlessly. Application and data access rights are strictly controlled for security, and the infrastructure meets the requirements of Russian personal data protection laws.

“HP has again proved that cloud computing is not just a fashionable trend or a popular buzzword,” says Alexander Mikoyan, managing director, HP Russia. “The success of this project proves that cloud solutions have achieved maturity and that HP has the right approach to putting cloud technologies to practical use. HP has enabled ROLF Group to fully realize the benefits of cloud computing, opening the door to new opportunities for their business.”

HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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