Friday 26 April, 2019

Jamaica Broilers installs modern IT infrastructure in three markets

Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) considered options for improving its IT infrastructure solution for future innovation and digital optimization.

Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) considered options for improving its IT infrastructure solution for future innovation and digital optimization.

Future-focused Jamaican IT leaders - such as chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) - are looking to Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) to design the modern data centre for their companies.

The US-based Nutanix, creators of enterprise hyperconvergence, describes its innovation as an enterprise cloud solution that seamlessly combines compute, storage, and networking into a resilient turnkey appliance that runs any application.  This architecture for a modern data centre combines the simplicity and agility of the public cloud with the security and control of a private cloud, and offers potential savings in IT operations of up to 60 per cent.

The data centre, the core system for any organisation, can be so complex that it becomes extremely difficult to scale and manage.  The challenge IT professionals face with traditional infrastructure is that they are typically configured in silos that often lead to bottlenecks in the system as the business demands change.  

Recognising this challenge, Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) considered options for improving its IT infrastructure solution for future innovation and digital optimization.  IT Consultants, Info Exchange turned JBGs’ CIO, Sheldon Mundle’s attention to Nutanix’s Hyperconverged solution.

"We have operations in three countries [Jamaica, USA and Haiti] and a processing plant that runs 24-hours. The availability of IT servers and solutions is critical for us to maximize production, be more efficient in our IT services and deliver our products and services to our customers.” Mundle explained.

"Our strategic goal was to move to something that was agile, cost effective and would allow us to scale to meet the digital demands of the future. These are the benefits that Nutanix brought to the table. Now we have more flexibility, we can scale a lot easier and we have reduced our costs," he added

Undel Williams, CIO, Info Exchange, the local IT consultancy firm that led the implementation of this technology at the multinational company, recently, touts the non-stop capabilities of the Nutanix solution.

“The system has no single points of failure, meaning that no one activity can bring the whole thing down. This way the company has an infrastructure that is always up and always available,” Williams asserted.

A major feature of the Nutanix HCI is its built-in analytics capacity monitoring, where trends in the progression of the compute workload is continuously evaluated.  With this aid, CTOs/CIOs can predict precisely how much more storage, ram and compute will be needed to meet the future demands of the organisation.

Respected IT research outfit Gartner, which gave Nutanix a Magic Quadrant Leader rating for its HCI in 2018, is predicting that by 2020, 20 per cent of business critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to HCI. Jamaica Broilers Group, being the first to deploy this technology in Jamaica is already leading the way, a fact that Info Exchange believes bodes well for the future of data centre management in Jamaica.

"Info Exchange was able to deliver a solution that was exactly what the client needed for now and into the future. We know IT leaders don't like to touch their data centres - the nervous system of the organisation, but JBG, recognised the value this technology brought to the organisation, took the leap and transitioned to Nutanix. The IT team can focus on business productivity, making operations cost efficient and helping the business optimize the systems it has. We expect this to become the new normal for business," Williams concluded.

 

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