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Colt Enterprise Cloud helps PRYCONSA, a property development company, accelerate and optimise SAP availability. Migrating to Colt Enterprise Cloud enables PRYCONSA’s small IT team to concentrate on ...

Colt Enterprise Cloud helps PRYCONSA, a property development company, accelerate and optimise SAP availability. Migrating to Colt Enterprise Cloud enables PRYCONSA’s small IT team to concentrate on defining new business-related projects.

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PRYCONSA moves SAP development to the Colt Enterprise Cloud PRYCONSA moves SAP development to the Colt Enterprise Cloud Document Transcript

  • Case study Colt Enterprise Cloud helps PRYCONSA accelerate and optimise SAP availability Property development company PRYCONSA firmly believes that preparing for the future is the best way to navigate fluctuating economic conditions and to maintain its leadership position in Spain’s real estate sector. That’s why during the latest downturn, the company invested in a SAP solution, underpinned by an IP VPN from Colt. The positive experience of that network implementation meant that when the time came to give a further boost to its strategic vision, PRYCONSA once again turned to Colt. Needing to upgrade the hardware supporting its SAP solution in order to optimise these key business applications, PRYCONSA weighed up whether to continue operating its own servers or to move to a private cloud based on infrastructure as a service (IaaS). “We did a cost analysis over three years based on a pay-as-you-go pricing model for IaaS,” explains PRYCONSA’s CIO. “If we only considered depreciation and expenditure, IaaS looked more expensive than deploying our own servers. But our analysis also took account of hidden costs, such as how long it takes to install, renew and update servers, and to increase or reduce server capacity.” Looking in more detail at the impact of time on costs, he continues: “With our own servers, any business requirement to increase or decrease capacity involves three months’ planning and implementation. But with cloud IaaS, it takes just 72 hours. Furthermore, implementing a project on our own servers would take our operations team up to two weeks, but only two days with cloud.” Colt Enterprise Cloud supports SAP PRYCONSA is using almost the entire SAP suite, including ERP, Human Capital Management and Business Objects / Business Intelligence. To maximise the performance of those SAP applications and their ability to deliver the information that supports business decision-making, PRYCONSA needs to run regular tests using extreme cases. This involves configuring non-production servers to support the associated intermittent load peaks. Various business scenarios with different parameters can be created in this development environment, with the aim of answering ‘what if’ simulation questions. Given PRYCONSA’s focus on cost control, resource optimisation and centralisation of its applications, and to avoid expensive hardware resources lying idle at other times, the obvious solution was to move its SAP development environment to Colt’s Enterprise Cloud. Customer PRYCONSA (Promociones y Construcciones PYC PRYCONSA SA) Business Property development Sector Real estate Challenge To continue SAP deployment by creating an efficient test and development environment. To continue rollout of new applications and virtualisation projects in a scalable manner. Products and services Colt Enterprise Cloud, LANLink Partner Pivote PRYCONSA moves SAP development to the cloud
  • © 2014 Colt Technology Services Group Limited. The Colt name and logos are trade marks. All rights reserved. CCS_Pryconsa_2014_05 // Colt is the best VMware partner, which is essential for all our virtualisation projects. In addition, Colt stores and backs up our data in Spain, enabling compliance with Spanish data protection law and ensuring the consistent availability our business requires. // CIO, PRYCONSA These peak load tests are not critical to the business at the time they are run, but they are essential to helping it make best use of SAP. Although the latency associated with connecting via the Internet to the cloud environment would not necessarily affect the test results, PRYCONSA didn’t want to take any risks. The company therefore connected its data centre directly to Colt’s Madrid data centre – home to the Enterprise Cloud infrastructure – using a 100Mbps Ethernet link from Colt, and is already seeing rapid, agile responses to test scenarios. The many advantages of cloud Migrating to Colt Enterprise Cloud enables PRYCONSA’s small IT team to concentrate on defining new business- related projects, instead of worrying about infrastructure maintenance, fault-fixing or configuration. Although tasks like these often have a low profile with management, they are critical to the business, as data cannot be stored or processed without a reliable IT infrastructure. The pay-as-you-grow scalability offered by Colt Enterprise Cloud has inspired PRYCONSA to consider deploying further applications in the cloud to enable work centre virtualisation, including 300 remote virtual desktops. With many other projects on the horizon, including extensive use of Windows Active Directory, other SAP development projects, and an interface with Microsoft Office 365, PRYCONSA is very confident about the responsiveness of the Colt cloud infrastructure, despite the high volumes of data that will be involved. Why Colt for cloud? Beyond Colt’s reputation, scale and robustness that together provide peace of mind for the future, the day- to-day experience of working with Colt over a two-year period was a deciding factor in PRYCONSA’s strategic decision-making. As the CIO puts it: “From the attention Colt gives to the customer and the level of service provided, to the security of access, the infrastructure service availability, and Colt’s technical team, we have no complaints in any area.” He continues: “Colt is a top VMware partner, which is essential for all our virtualisation projects. In addition, Colt stores all our data in Spain, backing up its Madrid data centre to its data centre in Barcelona via a double fibre- optic ring. This enables compliance with Spanish data protection law and ensures the consistent availability our business requires.” Contact details Tel: +44 (0) 20 7390 3900 Email: info@colt.net Visit: www.colt.net