Case Study

Utilities Provider Implements Hybrid Cloud for Agility and Cost Savings

Hybrid cloud plans move forward after converged infrastructure comparison

About the Company

As one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., this company provides service to more than 10 million people over 60,000 square miles, with annual revenues of more than $10 billion. WWT began a relationship with the company in 2004 and is now their primary VMware, Cisco, and EMC partner. This is in large part because of the value the company sees in the WWT Advanced Technology Center and Integration Technology Center.

Challenge

For more than two years, the companies in the U.S. had struggled to develop a strategy for building a cloud architecture. Like many organizations, they knew they needed to better manage an explosion of information growth while keeping costs down and meeting stringent service levels. But several factors prevented them from being agile and efficient:

  • Operational Inefficiencies
  • High OPEX costs
  • An inability to provide services fast enough to keep up with business timelines

The company had decided to adopt the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) to solve these challenges but needed help when it came time to choose converged infrastructure to support the cloud platform. When WWT got involved, the company was deciding between Vblock, FlexPod, HP Cloud Matrix and IBM PureFlex.

Solution

To help the company evaluate which converged infrastructure solution was right for their business, WWT participated in early solution reviews and validated technical designs. The company also used the WWT Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and our technical expertise to compare Vblock and FlexPod for the compute layer of the EHC solution.

During the comparison, we demonstrated Vblock could help the company take advantage of the full complement of EMC storage solutions, including VNX and VMAX platforms using EMC ViPR software-defined storage abstraction. The hybrid cloud design also featured the vRealize automation suite components including VMware vCloud Automation Center (vRealize Automation) on top of VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vRealize Orchestrator), VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vRealize Operations) and VMware IT Business Management (vRealize Business).

Conclusion

After seeing a comparison of converged infrastructure in the WWT Advanced Technology Center, the company chose Vblock to support the EHC solution. Two replicated Vblocks will run in separate data centers, each handling about 250 terabytes of data using VNX2 hybrid flash arrays and a VMAX3 cloud data platform.

After the engagement, the customer noted they chose Vblock with the VMware vRealize suite for its superior self-service portal, strong standardized service offerings, clear resource utilization and automated provisioning that offered better response than competitors with fewer user errors.

WWT worked closely with VMware, EMC and VCE during the engagement and is now participating in the company’s EHC implementation.