HP Helps Cofely Gdf Suez Deliver Green IT in the Cloud
IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) delivered by HP CloudAgile partner Uniserver from a virtualised HP Converged Infrastructure platform has improved Cofely Netherlands’ Energy Use Effectiveness (EUE) to 1.3 versus the 2.3 industry average, while maintaining 99.98 percent uptime for clients. It also supports the company’s business expansion into the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.
The largest provider of energy efficiency services in Europe, Cofely Gdf Suez helps businesses, government organizations and educational institutions use energy better. As well as creating custom software that manages everything from robots on production lines to water ponds for cooling, Cofely Netherlands hosts SAP and Citrix-based Microsoft Exchange environments and other applications for clients who do not wish to build their own facilities.
“Many customers ask Cofely for additional ITaaS to support their core processes, so we sought a supplier who could help us grow our IT services business while reducing our energy usage,” says Patrick Keulen, Program Manager, Commodity Services, Cofely Netherlands. “We made the right decision with HP and Uniserver, especially regarding stability, scalability and performance. When we tell potential clients that we tap into an HP infrastructure through Uniserver, HP resonates as a trusted, rock-solid brand with high quality products. Clients seek us out specifically for environmentally friendly IT solutions so they can meet government requirements.”
Delivered from Uniserver’s HP Converged Infrastructure platform, the new cloud-based ITaaS model has enabled Cofely to achieve data center Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.05 versus the Netherlands industry average of 1.4. As well as saving on capital expenditure by eliminating the need to build more physical data centers, it has increased Cofely’s margins and enabled the company to tap into a pool of world-class IT capabilities on a pay-per-use basis.
Both Cofely and its customers can now make intelligent decisions about everything from storage use to workload performance and make adjustments accordingly, on-demand. Cofely’s customers can use the portal to manage, edit, and provision their own virtual servers, CPUs, storage and networking, saving them and Cofely countless hours. They can also pay bills online, as well as viewing resource usage to keep costs in line with business requirements.
Based on HP ProLiant BladeSystem servers, HP FlexFabric and HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, supported by HP Proactive Care Services, Uniserver’s robust, converged data center infrastructure is almost entirely virtualized, and can be delivered to customers using public, hybrid or private cloud-based computing models.
“Thanks to the scalable new HP infrastructure, Cofely now has a much more stable platform, and can ramp IT service delivery up and down on request,” says HP. “As one of the world’s largest IT companies, we believe we are uniquely positioned to help our customers lower carbon emissions by developing more sustainable technologies that replace outdated, inefficient processes and behaviours.”
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