Data Centers

Groupe Agrica Rises to Challenge of Data Centre Virtualisation

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Executive Summary

Virtualising the data centre with VMware brings many benefits, but it also brings new challenges involving how organizations design and manage their network and security teams. If not properly configured virtualisation can place strains on the network, even if server administrators see gains in server capacity optimisation. In the case of Groupe Agrica, the deployment of a suite of Cisco Nexus virtual switches, combined with VMware vSphere management tools, facilitated cooperation between server and networking teams and resolved challenges arising from this infrastructure consolidation project. Groupe Agrica manages retirement, injury, health care, and savings plans for employees in the agricultural sector. When the group decided to consolidate the IT infrastructure three years ago, VMware, the market leader, was the natural choice.

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