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New virtualised infrastructure and disaster recovery solution supports Petroplan

New virtualised infrastructure and disaster recovery solution supports global oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan

Global recruitment specialist Petroplan has signed a three-year contract with Fordway to provide back-up and disaster recovery services for its worldwide network of offices, which extend from Europe and North America to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Fordway has also designed and installed a new virtualised IT infrastructure to support the rapidly growing organisation, and is providing 24x7 support and helpdesk services for all 12 offices around the world.

Petroplan, which provides skilled technical staff to companies in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries in more than 40 countries, needed to replace its ageing infrastructure to reduce costs, ensure 24x7 availability and support future expansion. Fordway designed and installed the new infrastructure comprising a Dell Compellent SAN, VMware virtualisation software, HP servers and switches and a Riello UPS. This has reduced the number of servers by 70%, significantly lowering hardware costs and power consumption, and is easily expandable to support Petroplan’s planned growth.

Disaster recovery is provided by a replicated version of the SAN hosted on Fordway’s shared services platform. Data is asynchronously replicated in real time between the two sites, minimising the risks should an outage occur.

Fordway provides remote monitoring and management of the new infrastructure from its Godalming headquarters in the UK, and Petroplan’s IT team can also monitor the network from home. Any potential issues can be quickly identified and addressed before they have any impact on the business.

“We chose Fordway for their experience in delivering similar projects and their ability to meet all aspects of our tender, including 24x7 support,” said Tim Jenkins, Petroplan’s IT manager. “They have a proactive approach to managing our network and a depth of knowledge that we’ve found missing in other companies we’ve worked with, which has really made a difference to the quality and reliability of Petroplan’s IT.”

“A virtualised infrastructure and back-up onto a shared platform is ideal for companies like Petroplan, who want to minimise hardware costs while ensuring they have a robust business continuity solution,” said Richard Blanford, managing director of Fordway. “We’ve made major investments in our infrastructure and our staff so we can provide the optimum combination of services for each customer, including 24x7 support from experienced personnel, remote monitoring and a range of hosted services.”


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