De Vere Group moves into the Cloud with ANS Group


De Vere Group, one of the UK’s leading independent hotel and hospitality chain have signed a multi-million deal (over 3 years) with Manchester-based ANS Group – to move their corporate ‘backend’ into the Cloud.

The win has just been named ‘Best New Business Win’ at the CRN Sales & Marketing Awards.

It is believed that De Vere are the UK’s first leading independent hotel group to move it’s corporate IT infrastructure into the Cloud.

The agreement with ANS Group will see a private ‘flexpod in the cloud’ solution manage and boost the capacity of the IT systems for the group.

For four years, De Vere have had 18 racks stored off-site with Telecity in Manchester. The new managed solution with ANS Group will see the number of racks stored with Telecity reduce to 3. ANS Group will provide 24/7 support and security and effectively act as De Vere’s “IT department”.

The new infrastructure will be a complete FlexPod design, using Cisco UCS, Nexus switches, NetApp storage and VMware virtualisation. It will be providing for the needs of 2,500 end-users and will reduce the number of racks in the data centre to just 3. ANS will build a new Citrix farm to publish the applications to users, and will be responsible for the complete migration of the current infrastructure onto the new platform while causing no disruption in service. ANS Group have provided SLAs for DeVere Group that guarantee availability and performance of the data centre over the life of the contract.