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Nlyte SSE Case Study 11.26.17

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C A S E S T U DY CASE STUDY 0 1 COMPANY NAME: Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) INDUSTRY: Utilities ENVIRONMENT: 2 new data centres replacing 2 existing data centres that were reaching end of life and running out of space BUSINESS NEEDS: • To migrate and deliver best practice and low risk data centre services to an organisation operating in a highly regulated industry sector • Meeting demands for a risk-free, minimum environmental impact approach to data centre resource management and delivery of services SOLUTION: Nlyte Data Center Infrastructure Management Suite BUSINESS BENEFITS: • Rapid and accurate mapping and migration of all data centre assets from two existing data centres to two brand new data centres • Single point of knowledge of all data centre resources from hardware and software to power and cooling ensuring effective decision making and planning • Eliminate the threat of IT process failures putting the public and employees at risk (e.g. by ensuring the assets and connectivity associated with business and safety critical systems are mapped and managed effectively) INTRODUCTION TO SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), headquartered in Perth Scotland is one of the largest energy companies in the UK. With over 19,000 employees, it is involved in: the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; the storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting and other energy services; and telecoms. SSE supplies electricity and gas to over nine million customers within the UK's competitive energy market making it the second largest supplier of energy in the UK. SSE is also the generator with the most diverse fuel source, with a total of over 11,000 megawatts of capacity. With 2,200 megawatts of that capacity being from renewable sources, it is the country's largest renewable energy generator. The company believes that doing business responsibly is the only way to create a successful, sustainable organisation for customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders and aims to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. One of SSE's key aims is to deliver its services at the highest possible standards of health and safety performance so that operations are carried out without any harm to employees, contractors, customers or members of the public. Their ultimate goal is injury-free working. THE DATA CENTRE CHALLENGE Increasing demands from the business for more and more IT services accompanied by an on-going program of acquisition, made it apparent that SSE's two existing data centres would soon run out of capacity and reach the end of their useful life. Simon Davis, SSE's Data Centre Manager responsible for the everyday management of all SSE's data centres and remote communications rooms realised that the current infrastructure could not ensure the continuing high level of IT service required to support the company's business goals and values. A decision was therefore made to replace the two data centres in Havant, Hampshire with two brand new, purpose-built data centres. Every data centre manager should have a data centre infrastructure management tool for the effective control of their data centre IT operations. They should know everything there is to know about what's happening to data centre IT assets and understand the impact of any action or change. Nlyte has enabled us to create a standard framework for running and managing our data centres and has given us the ability to introduce robust, best practice management processes that have transformed the way we work." "

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