RDS implements a private cloud and desktop virtualisation solution

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) was founded in 1731 to promote and develop agriculture, arts, industry, and science in Ireland. The RDS is synonymous with its location in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. These premises include the RDS Arena, RDS Simmonscourt, RDS main hall and other venues which are used regularly for exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. The RDS is also home to both Leinster Rugby and The Dublin Horse Show.

RDS implements a private cloud and desktop virtualisation solution
The Challenge

The RDS is a philanthropic society supported by commercial activities and therefore had a diverse range of systems in place. The existing IT infrastructure required updating which necessitated either further investment in hardware or the implementation of a private cloud and virtual desktop solution.

The Solution

Trilogy Technologies won the contract to implement a virtualized solution which included a fully redundant virtual private cloud infrastructure based on VMware vSphere 5.1 technology along with provision of managed services for the new infrastructure.

The core infrastructure upgrade included an upgrade of the Active Directory & MS Exchange environments as well as an overhaul of the existing Network Infrastructure along with a Veeam Solution for backup and business continuity. Concerns around an ageing desktop fleet were addressed by implementing a Virtual Desktop environment on the VMWare View platform. The benefits accruing from a virtual desktop environment include, simplified management, enhanced security and recoverability and the RDS also implemented Windows 7 as the standardised operating system for the organisation.

The Result

The solution has allowed the RDS to upgrade and standardize its server and storage platform along with the implementation of a new desktop environment.  These enhancements will allow the organisation to plan maintenance and upgrades with minimal impact on business productivity.

Following the introduction of VMWare, the RDS has begun upgrading their various business systems which has increased efficiency.  They are now confident that their ICT infrastructure is stable and capable of catering for these improvements. The RDS can now recover files quickly and easily at critical moments and have used Veeam and existing server hardware to implement a Disaster Recovery solution to ensure business continuity.

achievements

  • A virtualized private cloud infrastructure and disaster recovery solution to meet the ICT needs of the organization
  • Ability to plan maintenance and upgrades with minimal impact on business productivity
  • Efficient and easy file recovery at critical moments
  • Implemented a Disaster Recovery solution ensuring business continuity using Veeam and existing server hardware

client perspective

" We know that we can expand quickly and easily according to changing business needs without the need for further major investment in hardware at short notice. "

Senan Healy, Information Systems Manager