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Empowering Intelligent Transformation: Thriving Despite Digital Disruption With Lenovo HCI

PartnerIT keeps up with customer demand with Lenovo hyperconverged infrastructure.

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Headquartered in London, Canada, PartnerIT is regional leader in IT services, and offers everything from private cloud to managed print services.

“We work with a lot of small companies—from non-profit organizations to local insurance firms —that don’t have their own dedicated IT departments. We’re here to help companies like these make the most of new technologies, such as cloud computing, to help their businesses run smoothly,” says Chris Boudreau, Co-owner and CTO of PartnerIT.

And, indeed, everything was going smoothly—until customers began to adopt more digital business processes, putting a strain on PartnerIT’s compute and storage infrastructure.

PartnerIT knew it was only a matter of time before service levels began to suffer.

So, Chris Boudreau and his team began a search for an infrastructure solution that was highly available, reliable, and scalable.

“We looked at various hyperconverged architectures and were very impressed with Nutanix’s solutions. When Lenovo announced it was partnering with Nutanix to create a pre-integrated hyperconverged infrastructure, we couldn’t have been happier. We’ve worked with Lenovo for many years and know from experience that Lenovo servers are robust, reliable and high-performing.”

PartnerIT implemented a three-node Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance integrated with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software to be the new foundation for its cloud service platform.

The results showed immediately.

Benefits PartnerIT derived from Lenovo’s HCI solution:

  • Future-Ready Capabilities:
    With Lenovo, PartnerIT has a flexible, scalable, easy-to-manage HCI solution on which it runs all its client solutions, services, and cloud environments, as well as its own back-office systems. Lenovo’s HCI solutions ensures PartnerIT can provide outstanding services now, and in the future.
  • Lower Overheads:
    The three-node Lenovo-Nutanix cluster replaced four servers and two SAN storage systems, halving PartnerIT physical footprint (from 24 units of rack space to just 10). This creates savings associated with data center space and energy.
  • 50%:
    Estimated savings in management time during a single operating system update.
  • Scalability:
    75%: How much faster PartnerIT estimates it can scale up infrastructure.

"The biggest benefit is that we have complete peace of mind that the platform won’t suddenly go down in the middle of the night. The Lenovo-Nutanix solution delivers the high levels of reliability and performance."

Chris Boudreau, co-owner and CTO, PartnerIT
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