London Capital Group ditches server-plus-SAN architecture for Nutanix and slashes deployment times and datacentre footprint with hyper-converged server/storage boxes with VMware
Financial trading tools provider London Capital Group (LCG) has ditched its traditional server-plus-SAN IT systems and replaced them with hyper-converged infrastructure from Nutanix.
LCG operates from its Knightsbridge HQ with 130 employees, and has sites in Israel and Poland. It runs core internal applications plus financial trading platforms that customers access via the internet.
About 18 months ago, its IT infrastructure – comprising HP blade servers plus Dell EqualLogic and HP Proliant shared storage – had reached end of life and maintenance periods, said CIO Blair Wright.
Also, the infrastructure had grown organically and was over-complex, while the storage was nearing capacity, he said. “Things were just bolted on and not a lot of thought had gone into how the system had scaled.”
Initially, Wright and his team looked at replicating the traditional server/storage infrastructure, but eventually opted for hyper-converged infrastructure.
Hyper-converged products combine compute and storage in one box with virtualisation capability. They have emerged in recent years as competition to discrete server and storage products. Key suppliers include Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity and VMware’s EVO:Rail.
“We were under a very tight deadline to get the technical underpinning of the business on a solid foundation as soon as possible,” said Wright.
“If we had gone down the route of Cisco UCS servers and networking with external storage, we were looking at a lead time of around six months. But with Nutanix, we did not need to build a storage team and the timeframe to deliver and deploy it was a lot quicker. We got it running in just over two months.”