Virtus Data Centres
Virtus Data Centres

VIRTUS Data Centres

VIRTUS Data Centres is the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider that owns, designs, builds and operates the country’s most efficient and flexible data centres. VIRTUS leads the industry with award-winning innovation in hyper-efficient, ultra-high density and highly interconnected facilities.

Sector

Technology Services

Location

London

Client Since

2012

Number of Users

150+

How we helped

VIRTUS leads the industry with award-winning innovation in hyper-efficient, ultra-high density and highly interconnected facilities. With extensive expansion plans and currently 39,700 sqm of data centre space in London, VIRTUS is susceptible to the ever-intensifying trends, challenges and threats of the environment in which it operates. VIRTUS Data Centres function as a business response centre, scaling and adapting its services to meet the growing demand for applications and ever-increasing volumes of data. The dynamic nature of the VIRTUS business is entirely reliant on the data centre infrastructure, from storage and servers to networking and security.

For VIRTUS, a sophisticated approach to security is imperative. With the ongoing expansion, growing and developing infrastructures, flexible workforces, users moving outside the corporate perimeter and accessing resources from a range of alternative devices, plus pressures associated with the changing data protection legislation, the VIRTUS infrastructure is growing increasingly complex and is constantly evolving.

The complexity of the infrastructure and multi-vendor tenancy makes managing the VIRTUS Data Centre environment a hefty challenge. Managed in-house, this could lead to escalating costs due to inefficiencies and wastage resulting from ‘just in case’ provisioning, as well as constant challenges associated with managing critical infrastructure and applications. It’s also costly to invest in the technical skills needed to keep up with the rapid pace of change to technology, and with the global skills shortage, particularly relevant in the cyber security industry, resourcing has never been more prohibitive.
VIRTUS turned to OryxAlign for help.

In 2012, OryxAlign were invited to perform an extensive review of the VIRTUS infrastructure and business processes to ensure the infrastructure was performing efficiently and was as secure as could be. OryxAlign recommended a fully managed partnership approach to the VIRTUS IT and security requirements, which would relieve VIRTUS of the cumbersome challenge and responsibility of running, maintaining and securing their infrastructure in-house.

Since then, the managed services partnership has developed extensively and OryxAlign has become a core strategic technology and security partner to VIRTUS who are central to their continued expansion and success in the UK.

Some of the key projects OryxAlign have delivered to VIRTUS over the years are as follows:

  • IT strategy and technical consultancy to gain and maintain their ISO27001 certification, and continued consideration of this throughout all future engagement, implementation and ongoing management.
  • A fully managed 24x7x365 technology and security support agreement to provide Virtus with a dedicated and highly skilled infrastructure support team.
  • Migration of the IT infrastructure to their LONDON1 Data Centre and implementation of a dedicated cloud-based VDI infrastructure platform to provide further flexibility and scalability to the business.
  • Implementation of a Service Desk and advanced ticket management platform, enabling effective collaboration between Virtus security, support and provisioning teams, and their customers.
  • The implementation of a secure multi-factor identity, authentication and trusted access solution
  • The critical network infrastructure support, management & monitoring of all 6 of the Virtus Data Centres
  • The implementation of an enterprise voice infrastructure spanning all 6 Data Centres including the Head Office.
  • Business Benefits

    • IT strategy and technical consultancy to gain and maintain their ISO27001 certification, and continued consideration of this throughout all future engagement, implementation, and ongoing management.
    • A fully managed 24x7x365 technology and security support agreement to provide VIRTUS with a dedicated and highly-skilled infrastructure support team.
    • Migration of the IT infrastructure to their LONDON1 Data Centre and implementation of a dedicated cloud-based VDI infrastructure platform to provide further flexibility and scalability to the business.
    • Implementation of a dedicated Service Desk and advanced ticket management platform, enabling effective collaboration between VIRTUS security, support, and provisioning teams and their customers.
    • The implementation of a secure, multi-factor identity, authentication, and trusted access solution.
    • The critical network infrastructure support, management & monitoring of all 6 of the VIRTUS Data Centres.
    • The implementation of an enterprise voice infrastructure spanning all 6 Data Centres including the Head Office.
    • OryxAlign have been an indispensable partner to VIRTUS Data Centres, and continue to provide and deliver vital technology and security services, and projects, to support the VIRTUS mission and vision.

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