Inter Terminals vSAN
Inter Terminals is one of the largest independent bulk liquid storage providers in northern Europe, and the largest in Scandinavia.
Its facilities function as a strategic storage and blending hub for the shipment of petroleum products, as well as an inland distribution hub for retail petroleum and petrochemical products. With more than 4.25 million cubic metres of storage capacity (approximately 27 million barrels) across Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and Ireland, Inter Terminals operates one of the most comprehensive storage terminal networks available in Europe.
As is commonplace after a series of mergers and acquisitions, Inter Terminals was looking to centralise its expanded IT infrastructure. Nowhere was this need more apparent than at the company’s Computer Services office in Immingham, UK, where the bulk of the organisation’s core IT services, such as email and intranet, were being delivered to its operations across Europe.
The speed of the company’s expansion was also proving a challenge, since the number of users supported by its UK operations had increased by over 50% within the space of just one year. Not only was this infrastructure not initially scoped to support such a high number of users, its servers were already approaching the end of their natural five-year lifespan. Sustaining a good level of service and performance was therefore beginning to become a concern.
Inter Terminals sought advice from Phoenix Software on how best to centralise its IT services and improve overall performance in light of its expanding user base. At the same time, it was keen to explore whether additional efficiency savings could be made by migrating key services to Microsoft Online Services in the future and by centralising the management of its infrastructure under one domain.