ANS delivers new IT infrastructure for Staffordshire County Council

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Managed services and cloud computing specialist ANS Group has completed the design and implementation of new IT infrastructure to support Staffordshire County Council’s shift towards offering more public services online.

After a 12-way tender process, ANS group was chosen to design and install the new private cloud platform. The new solution was needed to replace ageing infrastructure and effectively support the Council’s growing requirement for a faster and more reliable IT environment. The infrastructure refresh project has also allowed the Council to realise major savings on its hardware refresh and maintenance budgets.

The data centre design is based on FlexPod i3 technology, which combines key technologies from Cisco, NetApp and VMware and helps the council improve the performance, agility and availability of its IT services. With NetApp data replication tools, additional high availability disaster recovery capabilities are included in the solution that help the council ensure its business continuity arrangements, which are reliant on robust IT services.

The project has increased the resilience of the council’s two data centres and by boosting capacity, ANS has allowed for movement of key services and data between the data centres to preserve service availability while essential maintenance is carried out.

The project close follows a strong first half of 2013 for ANS including a string of new contract wins with public sector organisations including Greater Manchester CSU and The University of Cumbria. The business has also continued to grow its managed services offering, providing support to De Vere Group and Salford City Council. ANS Group was also recently named the number one provider of FlexPod in Europe, handling around 14% of all EU installations.

Paul Sweeney, Managing Director of ANS, said: “Staffordshire County Council is a substantial organisation which required secure and reliable IT to support its numerous services.

“Councils are finding that more and more of the services they provide to the public rely on IT and older infrastructures simply aren’t able to cope with this new demand.

“With this investment, Staffordshire County Council now has a cutting edge IT infrastructure in place, with an improved capacity for handling increasing workloads.”

Vic Falcus, Head of IT Service Management at Staffordshire County Council, said: “The council was running on a dated infrastructure that was no longer fulfilling the organisations IT demands for agility and ‘always on’ services.

“Because we required a significant upgrade, we needed to ensure that we had a flexible and scalable solution and a partner that would ensure that our network would support future and strategic changes in the way that Staffordshire County Council operates. Not only did we achieve this, we also reduced our future expenditure by 40%.”