Phoenix creates a hyper-converged infrastructure with VMware vSAN™ for leading UK housing association. The project provides the customer with high performance compute and storage, improving both in-house and customer facing applications and websites.
Founded in 1966, Accent Housing provides social housing for 35,000 people and has grown considerably in recent years to now manage 20,000 homes across the UK.
Recently, Accent’s more significant growth has come through mergers and acquisition, which has led to a need to overhaul the existing IT infrastructure, creating a modern, agile and consistent platform for continued growth. It needed a platform on which to integrate new acquisitions.
Performance and capacity are the watchwords for a busy and growing organisation like Accent and both were being compromised. Of particular concern was the ageing storage infrastructure.
Accent’s existing SAN was coming to its end of life, as was the HPE blade hardware. This infrastructure had failed to keep pace with the increasing amounts of data that were being generated by the association and the ageing compute was not delivering the performance the organisation required. This also threatened its disaster recovery position which had implications for some of its industry regulations.
“There were performance issues and another problem was lack of capacity,” says Accent’s Service Delivery Manager, Nigel Barry. “When we wanted to spin up a new server, sometimes we had to downsize or decommission other servers to try and make enough space.
With the old solution, if we had wanted to just increase the disk space slightly, we would have had to buy a completely new shelf and then buy the disks on top, which was very costly. That is why we looked at going with a new, replacement solution.”
When the contract on the old system was coming up for renewal, Accent Housing looked at new systems on the market and issued a Request for Proposal (RFP).
“We were looking for a solution that would allow us to grow to meet both current and future demands and that was easy to upgrade and maintain,” says Nigel.