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.”
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