Managed Networks has supported Silverson's on-premise IT since 2004, through considerable growth in the business and evolution of its IT requirements. This case study deals with the benefits of using virtualisation to streamline upgrades and improve resilience while reducing overall cost.
For more than 60 years Silverson has specialised in the manufacture of quality high shear mixers for processing and manufacturing industries worldwide. With customers in over 150 countries, and serving industries as diverse as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, luboils and petrochemicals, Silverson has become the world leader in the field of high shear mixing. Time after time, companies specify Silverson mixers as the “standard” equipment for their manufacturing process.
Silverson were running multiple, physical servers for all of their systems and applications. It was found that many of those servers hardware was nearing end of life and could no longer get warranty extensions or support from the hardware manufacturer.
Managed Networks provided Silverson with a Virtualisation project. Silverson purchased, under the recommendation of Managed Networks, new Dell server hardware which was fully compliant with virtualisation. The Dell server was designed to act as a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Host, initially running one virtual server Guest. The solution provided Silverson with further capacity for more guests so that as Silverson’s physical servers reached end of life they could be converted from physical to virtual machines (P2V) and moved to the new Host.
As Silverson’s Microsoft Exchange Server neared end of life Managed Networks planned for the physical to virtual conversion. The whole process took approximately 2 hours to P2V and migrate the server to the Host and went smoothly with minimal down time to the organisation. By adopting virtualisation Silverson were able to reduce the costs for labour, project management, hardware, and licences that would otherwise be associated with a traditional migration.