VIRTUS Data Centres
VIRTUS Data Centres

VIRTUS Data Centres

As the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, VIRTUS owns, designs, builds and operates many of the country’s most efficient and flexible data centres. It leads the industry with award-winning innovation that delivers hyper-efficient, ultra-high density and highly interconnected facilities and currently operates no less than 39,700 sqm of data centre space across London with extensive expansion plans for the future.

Sector

Technology Services

Location

London

Client Since

2012

Number of Users

150+

How we helped

The Challenge

The very environment in which VIRTUS operates makes it susceptible to a range of ever-intensifying trends, challenges and threats; as a direct result, a sophisticated approach to security is an absolute imperative.

To add to an already challenging situation, the VIRTUS infrastructure is growing increasingly complex and constantly evolving due to a number of factors: ongoing expansion, growing and developing infrastructures, flexible workforces, users moving outside the corporate perimeter and accessing resources from a range of alternative devices, plus the pressures associated with changing data protection legislation.

The complexity of the infrastructure and multi-vendor tenancy makes managing this environment a huge challenge. If kept in-house, this could lead to escalating costs due to inefficiencies and wastage resulting from ‘just in case’ provisioning, as well as dealing with the issues associated with maintaining critical infrastructure and applications.

Furthermore, VIRTUS was faced with the rising costs associated with investing in the technical skills necessary to keep up with the rapid pace of change of technology, at a time when a global skills shortage (particularly in the cyber security industry) has made resourcing increasingly prohibitive.

So VIRTUS turned to OryxAlign for help.

The Solution

In 2012, OryxAlign was invited to perform an extensive review of its infrastructure and business processes to ensure they were performing efficiently and securely.

OryxAlign recommended a fully managed partnership approach to its IT and security requirements, which would relieve VIRTUS of the responsibility of running, maintaining and securing their infrastructure in-house.

Since then the partnership has developed extensively, resulting in OryxAlign becoming a core strategic technology and security partner to VIRTUS; central to their continued expansion and success in the UK. OryxAlign have proved to be an indispensable partner and continue to deliver vital technology, security services, and projects, in support of the VIRTUS mission and vision.

Business Benefits

  • IT strategy and technical consultancy to achieve and maintain ISO27001 certification throughout all existing and future engagement, implementation, and ongoing management
  • A fully managed 24/7/365 technology and security support agreement that provides a dedicated and highly-skilled infrastructure support team
  • Migration of the IT infrastructure to its LONDON1 Data Centre and implementation of a dedicated cloud-based VDI infrastructure platform to provide the business with further flexibility and scalability
  • Implementation of a dedicated service desk and advanced ticket management platform; enabling effective collaboration between security, support, provisioning teams, and customers
  • The implementation of a secure, multi-factor identity, authentication, and trusted access solution
  • The critical network infrastructure support, management and monitoring of all 6 Data Centres
  • The implementation of an enterprise voice infrastructure spanning all 6 Data Centres including Head Office
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