In January 2009, a major challenge emerged for Gradwell, an Internet telephony provider in the United Kingdom. The third-party storage provider that Gradwell had teamed with its HP ProLiant DL380 rack-mounted servers was proving unable to support the workload. Five hours of downtime resulted as the problem was diagnosed and fixed. And customers were understandably upset.
After a few sleepless nights, the company’s executives decided they needed a bigger IT system, and they needed it on a cost-efficient budget. In addition, they wanted someone to help work out how they should build the new system and then provide the kit. With these goals in mind, Gradwell turned to HP.
Today, after a makeover with HP ProLiant G6 servers, HP Virtual Connect, and an HP StorageWorks P4000 SAN, Gradwell is on track to grow revenue by as much as 60 percent. And that was just one of the business outcomes.
Among other benefits, the Gradwell achieved:
- 100 percent availability in the most recent three months (as of the writing of this case study)
- A tenfold increase in data throughput with HP versus the previous third-party SAN
- Payback in less than one year
- A 20,000 pound per month revenue increase
For a deeper look at the company’s successes with HP Converged Infrastructure, check out the full Gradwell case study.