Nationwide Building Society Works with Unisys to Virtualise its Data Centre and Save More Than £UK8 Million
Initiative helps improve utilisation of 500 servers and improve energy efficiency
London – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that its UK subsidiary has collaborated with Nationwide Building Society to virtualise 500 servers as part of Nationwide’s Data Centre Transformation Programme. The programme is a multi-year effort to further enhance the Building Society’s IT architecture while also reducing operational and energy costs.
Nationwide estimates it will benefit from a saving of more than £UK8 million ($US13 million) over the course of the program by removing old hardware, improving service continuity, simplifying disaster recovery and increasing hardware utilisation through server virtualisation. To date, Nationwide has achieved a 12-1 reduction in the number of physical servers. This reduction has not only saved space within the data centre but has also significantly contributed to a decreased carbon footprint through a reduction in power and air-conditioning usage.
Unisys has provided consultancy services to design and execute a process for assessing, planning, executing and testing server virtualisation. Working closely with Nationwide’s internal IT teams and external service providers, Unisys has managed and directed the virtualisation programme. This collaboration has led to a significant increase in the number of production and business-critical applications that are now virtualised.
“Unisys has confirmed our belief in virtualisation and the business benefits it brings. The rate and success of the virtualisation programme is testament to its project management skills,” says Peter Stafford, Nationwide’s IT Director. “Unisys worked closely with us to resolve some very complex issues and bring us closer to reaching our efficiency targets. This data centre program will provide Nationwide with a world-class server infrastructure - allowing us to respond to changing business needs more quickly and efficiently.”
Rob Chapman, vice president and managing director, UK, Middle East and Africa, Unisys, said: “This engagement extends a successful 30-year relationship with Nationwide. In the current challenging economy, driving cost savings and improving service continuity are absolutely crucial for our customers. Innovative IT optimisation initiatives such as Nationwide’s Data Centre Transformation Programme enable us to make a real difference to our customers’ bottom line.”
With assets in excess of £179 billion and over 13 million customers, Nationwide is the world’s largest building society and the U.K.’s second largest provider of savings and mortgages, on-line and through its network of Call Centres and over 900 retail outlets. Over 10 years ago Nationwide launched the first retail internet banking service in the U.K. and now has over 3 million registered users of its on-line service. For more information, visit www.nationwide.co.uk.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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