Intelligent IT platform

A customized IT platform for high demands on a modern IT infrastructure

In order to guarantee the availability of IT services, Regionalwerke AG Baden places high demands on a modern IT infrastructure. With HPE SimpliVity, Regionalwerke AG Baden now has a highly available, flexible and high-performance IT infrastructure with a state-of-the-art backup solution. Thanks to the forward-looking and intelligent processes of HPE InfoSight, the company was able to greatly reduce the risk of downtime and at the same time realize major efficiency gains in administration and maintenance.

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Service – Performance – Energy

In accordance with the principles of “Service – Performance – Energy”, the 135 employees of RWB work for their customers every day, supplying them with water, electricity, natural gas/biogas and district heating safely and reliably. In addition, the company also offers a wide range of services for third parties.

Regionalwerke Holding AG Baden is owned entirely by the municipality of Baden. The Regionalwerke Baden Group consists of Regionalwerke Holding AG Baden, Regionalwerke AG Baden and Limmatkraftwerke AG.

Regionalwerke Baden AG

Maintenance-intensive and heterogeneous IT landscape

The heterogeneous IT landscape consisted of various virtualized servers and a virtual desktop infrastructure with about 60 VMs and about 100 VDIs.

Due to the growing requirements, the data center infrastructure was increasingly reaching its performance limits. A detailed performance analysis of CPU requirements, I/O performance and future data growth concluded that the infrastructure needed to be modernized.

Further arguments were the complex and costly administration and the high maintenance requirements of the environment.

Regionalwerke Baden AG, IT Plattform, IT Infrastruktur

Redundant high availability, central administration and modern backup solution

In order to be able to guarantee highly available IT services for internal and external customers, a computer centre backup across two locations was to be implemented in addition to the infrastructure renewal.

  • Highly available and high-performance IT infrastructure
  • Simple and central administration
  • Reduction of the support effort
  • High data compression and duplicate detection (deduplication)
  • Modern backup solution with fast recovery
Digitalisierung KMU, KMU Digitalisierung

Intelligent IT platform with HPE SimpliVity and HPE Infosight

Together with the specialists of redIT Services AG, both traditional and hyper-convergent infrastructure architectures were examined in the solution evaluation. The visit and in-depth expertise at the HPE Customer Briefing Center in Dübendorf confirmed RWB’s decision to opt for the hyper-convergent solution with HPE SimpliVity.

The solution includes functions for VM management, mobility, integrated data protection, disaster recovery and outstanding data efficiency. The customer requirements were fulfilled with a 4-node solution with HPE SimpliVity 380; with 2 nodes per data center site.

 

Fail-safe
High availability with only 2 nodes – HPE SimpliVity tolerates one node failure without data loss

Fuse
Complete logical VM fuses through policy-based automation.

Restoration
Integrated, automated and fast (1TB VM in about 60 seconds) multi-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities reduce the risk of data loss, costly downtime and increase data protection.

Preventive maintenance
The predictive analyses provided by HPE InfoSight’s AI-supported processes resolve “problems” before they arise.

Eine auf unsere Bedürfnisse massgeschneiderte Lösung

“We were perfectly supported from the analysis to the conception to the implementation. In doing so, we benefited from the comprehensive technical know-how and the long-time project experience of the redIT employees”.

Jürg Rutschmann, Head of IT
Regionalwerke Baden AG

HPE SimpliVity
Client

Service – Performance – Energy

In accordance with the principles of “Service – Performance – Energy”, the 135 employees of RWB work for their customers every day, supplying them with water, electricity, natural gas/biogas and district heating safely and reliably. In addition, the company also offers a wide range of services for third parties.

Regionalwerke Holding AG Baden is owned entirely by the municipality of Baden. The Regionalwerke Baden Group consists of Regionalwerke Holding AG Baden, Regionalwerke AG Baden and Limmatkraftwerke AG.

Regionalwerke Baden AG
Initial situation

Maintenance-intensive and heterogeneous IT landscape

The heterogeneous IT landscape consisted of various virtualized servers and a virtual desktop infrastructure with about 60 VMs and about 100 VDIs.

Due to the growing requirements, the data center infrastructure was increasingly reaching its performance limits. A detailed performance analysis of CPU requirements, I/O performance and future data growth concluded that the infrastructure needed to be modernized.

Further arguments were the complex and costly administration and the high maintenance requirements of the environment.

Regionalwerke Baden AG, IT Plattform, IT Infrastruktur
Challenges

Redundant high availability, central administration and modern backup solution

In order to be able to guarantee highly available IT services for internal and external customers, a computer centre backup across two locations was to be implemented in addition to the infrastructure renewal.

  • Highly available and high-performance IT infrastructure
  • Simple and central administration
  • Reduction of the support effort
  • High data compression and duplicate detection (deduplication)
  • Modern backup solution with fast recovery
Digitalisierung KMU, KMU Digitalisierung
Solution

Intelligent IT platform with HPE SimpliVity and HPE Infosight

Together with the specialists of redIT Services AG, both traditional and hyper-convergent infrastructure architectures were examined in the solution evaluation. The visit and in-depth expertise at the HPE Customer Briefing Center in Dübendorf confirmed RWB’s decision to opt for the hyper-convergent solution with HPE SimpliVity.

The solution includes functions for VM management, mobility, integrated data protection, disaster recovery and outstanding data efficiency. The customer requirements were fulfilled with a 4-node solution with HPE SimpliVity 380; with 2 nodes per data center site.

 

Fail-safe
High availability with only 2 nodes – HPE SimpliVity tolerates one node failure without data loss

Fuse
Complete logical VM fuses through policy-based automation.

Restoration
Integrated, automated and fast (1TB VM in about 60 seconds) multi-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities reduce the risk of data loss, costly downtime and increase data protection.

Preventive maintenance
The predictive analyses provided by HPE InfoSight’s AI-supported processes resolve “problems” before they arise.

Conclusion

Eine auf unsere Bedürfnisse massgeschneiderte Lösung

“We were perfectly supported from the analysis to the conception to the implementation. In doing so, we benefited from the comprehensive technical know-how and the long-time project experience of the redIT employees”.

Jürg Rutschmann, Head of IT
Regionalwerke Baden AG

HPE SimpliVity

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