Quinnox saves $200,000 with virtualization

by Abhinna Shreshtha    May 12, 2010

Overview of the company

Quinnox is an IT services and solutions provider headquartered in the US, with offices in UK, Japan, Germany and India. It offers IT lifecycle solutions, including development, support services, packaged implementations and product development services. Quinnox, which focuses mainly on the BFSI, retail, and manufacturing sectors, started its India operations a few years back.

Pre-virtualization scenario

The company had more than 100 servers scattered in different locations, making the scenario very chaotic. This led to a lot of loses in CAPEX and OPEX. There was also zero visibility on issues like uptime and downtime.

According to Chandrakash Rai, head (ITIM) for Quinnox, the challenge was to have a strong administration team with robust process-oriented style of working and disciplined inventory management.

In such a scenario, the company top brass instructed Rai to build a new ecosystem with a robust foundation based on new age technologies.

The solution

Quinnox began its virtualization project in 2007. It evaluated solutions from companies like Microsoft, VMware and Virtuoso, an open-source solution. "Virtuoso had certain limitations when it came to scalability. Microsoft R2 was a good solution but when we compared it with VMware, we found that VMware gives us 30% more capability as compared to Microsoft," said Rai.

"Even though the licenses are a bit expensive as compared to others, VMware is more robust, which is one reason why we selected it. It has also come out with some very good management tools," he added.

The company currently has 3-4 physical servers clustered in a high availability mode, using VMware virtualization platform, with 108 server instances running on them. Its storage infrastructure consisted of a mixture of NAS and SAS boxes. It used NetApp’s Data ONTAP storage virtualization platform to consolidate it.

Benefits

"A typical physical server will not give more than 60% utilization. Virtualization allows you to improve productivity per server, while making it easy to scale up," comments Rai. In 2009-2010, Quinnox added 22 virtual servers, resulting in around $46000 in CAPEX saving. Rai said that in all the company has saved more than $200,000 in costs after opting for virtualization.

Another advantage that the company experienced was that it made disaster recovery easier as it allowed replication in different geographies simpler.