Exponential-e completes Viridian Housing’s cloud-based ICT remodel

21 March 2013 | Mitch Sayers

Exponential-e announced today it has completed the restructuring of Viridian Housing’s ICT services.

As part of the restructure, Exponential-e has moved Viridian’s data centre and service infrastructure to a cloud-based model.

Viridian’s cloud access is now supported by Exponential-e’s national 100 Gigabit Ethernet core and Layer 2 VPLS network.

The provider’s London headquarters is linked with its regional offices in the Midlands and West Sussex through a robust network link.

The London-based technology enabler undertook the project intended to give Viridian’s 850 employees a more flexible working environment and to shift its ICT costs to a more efficient pay-by-usage model.

The updated system provides Viridian, which serves 30,000 UK residents, with cloud-based services which manage the company’s customer enquiries, including payment and contractor coordination.

Phil Copperwheat, head of systems at Viridian, said Exponential-e’s solution was “critical” to meeting its business goals.

“We needed to more closely align IT costs to the business size and shape. This need informed our decision to move to a more flexible, cloud-based service model,” he said.

“While moving to the cloud heralds great benefits for us, we also needed a partner who could ensure serious network reliability in order for our residents to experience no disruption when accessing the services they depend upon.”

Exponential-e also installed an end-to-end management service, overseeing Viridian’s critical systems including its virtual data centre and disaster recovery – guaranteeing critical data is backed up.

Mukesh Bavisi, managing director of Exponential-e said: “Rather than investing in bespoke, internal ICT infrastructure that is difficult and expensive to expand or adapt, Viridian can now access services on a pay-per-use basis.

“For example, it could pay for additional cloud storage to manage a peak in activity during a particular month and then return to a lower level when demand lessens.”