Steria

In 2009, Steria commenced a five-year partnership agreement with Land Registry, the definitive source of information for more than 23 million property titles in England and Wales. Since 1862, Land Registry has provided security and confidence in one of the most active property and mortgage markets in the world.

Steria in partnership with Land Registry is responsible for the maintenance of the agency’s distributed IT infrastructure. As part of this requirement to refresh aging legacy Windows Server Infrastructure, Steria needed an infrastructure design that could provide a flexible and cost-effective IT service over the coming years.

The infrastructure design was used to deliver an on-site Private Cloud deployment and gives Steria the ability to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Land Registry.  With a single virtual data centre physically split over multiple locations, powerful management, automation and orchestration with simple one-click workflows and infrastructure resources always available.

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Following a competitive selection process, Steria selected ANS’ Managed Infrastructure Service, based on the FlexPod i3 platform. FlexPod i3 brings together best-of-breed technologies from Cisco, NetApp and VMware to offer the industry’s first jointly validated multi-tenancy architecture. ANS’ award-winning design is a standardised and streamlined solution that guarantees lowest total cost of ownership with highest possible return on investment.
  • Quick and efficient build and commission: The project was deployed with detailed project planning and design documentation, and delivered on time and on budget.
  • Reduced infrastructure footprint: Less cabling, rack space, switches,cooling and power are required, contributing to Land Registry’s carbon reduction targets.
  • Use of the Nexus 1000V and the virtualisation capabilities of each component of the infrastructure allows for the deployment of a high level of security and isolation down to the VM level.

  • Workload management: Ability to manage separate workloads and allow for peaks and troughs of business activity in separate environments.

  • Scalability to cater for future growth: Each of the blade servers was fitted with 96GB, which since implementation has been doubled to provide extra capacity for VM growth.
  • Reduced provisioning time for new applications or services.
  • Load management: The extension of layer 2 services between each data centre using network overlay techniques.

  • Followed by the implementation of server load balancers, allows the traffic load to be shared across both data centres.
  • Reduced storage overheads: Implementing a single platform which supports all protocols and provides greater cost efficiency through thin provisioning.
  • This feature allows Land Registry to meet their service level agreements by being able to quickly provision storage for new applications.

Features and Benefits

The infrastructure solution designed and delivered by ANS has given Steria a more resilient and high-performing platform that allows them to deliver numerous business and operational benefits to their clients.

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