Schrader chooses BT for £500,000 virtualisation project
Belfast & Dublin, March 16, 2011: BT, a leading global provider of communications and networked IT services has signed a £500,000 contract with Schrader Electronics for a major technology refresh that includes one of the largest virtualisation projects of its kind on the island of Ireland. After a period of sustained growth and plans for further expansion, Schrader needed to re-invest in ageing infrastructure and take advantage of a new generation of technologies.
BT will use Microsoft Hyper-V to virtualise the data centre in Schrader’s Antrim headquarters, consolidating 100 servers down to just eight, supported by HP storage. The deal also encompasses a Cisco network upgrade, new web-based security solutions and the supply of 65 PCs.
James Devlin, Head of Business NI, BT said, “BT has provided Schrader with wide-ranging network and communication services for a number of years. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to extend our partnership with one of the largest Hyper-V projects across the island of Ireland to date.”
Graeme Thompson, Finance Director, Schrader Electronics commented, “BT impressed us from the outset with their breadth of technology resources and site references. They were willing to work with us at the proposal stage and brought a real sense of partnership to the project, addressing any concerns we had, quickly and properly.”
Schrader makes tyre pressure sensors in a highly automated production process that is heavily dependent on robust and always-available infrastructure. Demand for its products grew when sensors became compulsory in new US cars from 2007 and it is expected to ramp up further when Europe goes the same way in 2014.
The need for an agile and resilient infrastructure became business critical and virtualisation was identified as the way forward. “Virtualisation was new to us, so we made a strategic decision to find a partner to go out and supply the hardware, configure it and implement the virtualisation software. I have been very happy with the decision to go with BT,” said Thompson.
As a Gold Partner of preferred vendors like Cisco and Microsoft, BT has become a single point of contact for Schrader, delivering best-in-class solutions that encompass the full range of information and communications technologies.
“BT is a one-stop shop for organisations in the converging world of information and communications technology,” said James Devlin. “Not only do our customers get to leverage the very best technologies, they get it all from a single supplier, saving time wasted on managing multiple suppliers and contracts.”