|Service and solution:||Data Centre Infrastructure|
|Sector:||Manufacturing & Distribution|
Logicalis Implements Consolidation
Strategy for Acquisitive Paper Manufacturer, St Regis
St Regis Paper Company Limited has four paper mills throughout
the UK with a combined output of nearly 1 million tonnes of paper
products per annum. Part of DS Smith Plc, St Regis has 1700
employees and is recognised as one of the UK's largest
manufacturers of recycled paper.
St Regis' previous IT infrastructure, spread across seven sites,
was increasingly creating complex and costly management and
integration issues for the organisation.
Robert Notley, IT Director, St Regis comments “With five server
farms spread across the UK, we saw the opportunity to reduce the
travelling time spent by IT staff conducting routine maintenance
and management. Our goals were to simplify the management of our IT
estate, de-duplicate and maximise our existing, and underutilised,
assets – servers, software licenses and staff resources –
ultimately making the organisation more efficient.”
St Regis' IT strategy was to create an infrastructure that would
combine four essential elements; consolidate the server sprawl,
centralise management and maintenance of the entire IT platform,
minimise call systems non-availability and support a disaster
St Regis turned to trusted technology partner, Logicalis, to
design and implement a consolidated data centre environment.
“Through our existing relationship with Logicalis, we knew they
had the technical expertise and high level of consultancy to meet
our goals. Plus, they already understood the intricacies of the
business and our processes. This enabled us to collaborate and
design a unified data centre solution that is closely aligned to
our business needs,” adds Notley.
Working alongside St Regis' IT team, Logicalis centralised the
core IT infrastructure, migrating servers and storage, into one
primary data centre, and consolidated all systems to a common
platform of IBM infrastructure.
The solution has enabled St Regis to centralise and refresh its
IT infrastructure on a tightening IT budget, whilst reducing the
management complexity of its IT operations.
In addition to lower maintenance costs and reduced management
complexity, St Regis now has a scalable IT infrastructure enabling
them to replace legacy systems with more up to date ERP that can
support the company's growth and their consolidation strategy.
Notley adds, “By centralising and consolidating our systems we
have significantly reduced the time, effort and cost spent on IT
management and maintenance. In undertaking this project with
Logicalis we have created a more manageable and reliable
infrastructure for the business to maintain operations.”
In February 2008, St Regis acquired the New Thames Paper Mill,
resulting in a 260,000 tonnes increase in production per annum.
An IT infrastructure blueprint developed in conjunction with
Logicalis has enabled the New Thames Paper Mill to be easily
absorbed into the business, quickly and seamlessly integrating new
business IT systems with the current IT infrastructure.
Logicalis and St Regis are now in the process of replicating
this success into a second data centre in support of a disaster
recovery programme. In the event of systems not being available,
the secondary data centre will be activated and operations will be
switched virtually seamlessly.
With a mirrored data centre, disaster recovery will become part
of the wider business strategy at St Regis. Able to switch between
data centres on a continual basis, St Regis is making disaster
recovery testing a regular business procedure and can ensure
maximum uptime for the organisation during critical IT maintenance
work. In the event of systems not being available, the dual
datacentre environment will ensure that St Regis remains
operational, providing minimum downtime for all its critical
"Through our existing relationship with Logicalis, we knew they had the technical expertise and high level of consultancy to meet our goals. Plus, they already understood the intricacies of the business and our processes. This enabled us to collaborate and design a unified data centre solution that is closely aligned to our business needs."
Robert Notley, IT Director