Uttam Energy Tech virtualizes servers, desktops with Red Hat

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 19, 2012

Builds an IT infrastructure that is secure, easier to manage with minimal administrative overhead, scalable and cost-effective

Uttam Energy Tech, a design and manufacturing company in India implemented Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to build its virtualized infrastructure for both servers and desktops.

An Uttam Group company, Uttam Energy Tech develops boilers for a variety of industries. The company strives to create state-of-the-art engineering, drawing designs of its product, while at the same time, protecting these designs from misuse or theft.

“It was critical for us to restrict access to the centralized file server where our custom-made designs are kept, preventing our designers from copying and storing design files locally,” said Balram Adlakha, Vice President, Business Development at Uttam Energy Tech. “In addition, we wanted to build an IT infrastructure that is secure, easier to manage with minimal administrative overhead, scalable to accommodate rapid growth and also cost-effective.”

With factors like security, maintainability, scalability, performance and cost in mind, the company’s IT team evaluated various products in the virtualization space to help resolve its challenges.

It also evaluated the latest product offerings from VMware, but the costs for a combined solution of desktop and server virtualization became prohibitive, leaving Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as the choice for the firm. “Red Hat solution made sense, as it provided a combined solution for virtualized desktops and servers, and was 70 percent less expensive than competitors’ desktop virtualization products,” said Adlakha.

Taashee Linux Services, a Red Hat partner, assisted the company in developing template-based provisioning of Windows and Linux virtual machines to ease the task of provisioning new servers.

“Without additional investment, Uttam Energy Tech will get a proven fault-tolerant system capable of easily migrating virtual machines when hardware or system failures occur on the clustered physical servers,” said Abhishek Datt, CTO, Taashee Linux Services.

Uttam Energy Tech said that it realized several performance benefits with the solution, and more recently ran a proof of concept with the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta to examine the forthcoming features of the new platform.

“So far, our work with the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta has illustrated incredible stability and robustness to handle the system load. To date, we have experienced near zero downtime of the systems, significantly improving our productivity,” said Adlakha.

Uttam Energy Tech intends to upgrade all its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization machines to 3.0 upon general availability.

In addition, virtualization solution has also proven to be cost-effective for Uttam Energy Tech. “Including our thin-client setup, we are cutting our hardware costs alone by more than 50 percent,” said Adlakha.

The firm also saved greatly on maintenance and administration costs as the environment is now more secure from virus attacks, significantly reducing the need for time-consuming rebuilds of its desktops.