Nutanix is transforming the data centre of lubrication and cleaning product manufacturer WD-40, at its EMEIA Headquarters in Milton Keynes. By adopting the Nutanix solution built on a web-scale foundation, the company behind the iconic penetrating oil and water displacing spray has modernised its existing data centre, to drive performance and virtualise more of its business critical workloads including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft SQL Server.
The result is savings of approximately 40 per cent in power and cooling since the new infrastructure requires just two rack units, compared to the previous three-tier alternative, which demanded four times as many rack units. With no additional storage needed, or changes to the network structure, the Nutanix solution was installed and up and running within a couple of hours.
By replacing the traditional three-tier approach with a solution that consolidates computing, virtualisation and storage into a single, highly scalable and turnkey appliance, the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform has also reduced the technical skills and labour needed to run, maintain and develop data storage.
Now hosting around 60 per cent of WD-40’s server workload, the Nutanix solution also provides the hyperconverged infrastructure needed to support Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Hyper-V hypervisor.
Mark Breed, IT services manager at WD-40, said, ‘We looked at a number of HCI products, some of which were just starting to support Hyper-V, but Nutanix was the only one we felt comfortable with. Nutanix is able to offer us a proven solution and fully supports our entire Microsoft stack.’
Nutanix’s Western Europe regional senior director, Paul Phillips, added, ‘By bringing together the agility and scalability of public cloud with the control and predictability of on-premises infrastructure, the Nutanix solution enables companies like WD-40 to confidently move to hyperconvergence and eventually to enterprise cloud while supporting Microsoft’s Hyper-V. We are committed to delivering the tools and innovation to help IT embrace the enterprise cloud on their terms.’