The Graham Group offers construction, civil engineering, interior fit-out, and facilities management services to customers across the UK and Ireland. It has over 2,200 employees and 17 offices from Aberdeen to Belfast to Dublin to London.
The IT infrastructure in Graham Group is necessarily complex. In addition to operating from multiple office locations, the majority of its staff spend most of their time on client sites. Many of those sites are large construction or engineering projects that involve many different companies, teams, and stakeholders.
The IT infrastructure landscape for Graham Group also constantly changes due to the nature of the business where projects in different locations continuously start and finish. This was putting IT management under strain, particularly in relation to the resources and time required for the provisioning of remote working locations, and the cost of cloud services.
Graham Group also requires robust disaster recovery processes both for its own business and as a contractual requirement for many of the projects it works on. However, the compliance testing of its disaster recovery processes was costly and resource-intensive.
Our team at Procloud developed a hyperconverged solution for Graham Group to modernise the IT infrastructure. We configured and implemented HPE SimpliVity to simplify management of IT in the company and dramatically reduce provisioning times. Our hyperconverged solution also significantly reduced costs compared to the previous cloud and IT infrastructure costs, and it made disaster recovery testing and compliance much more efficient. As an example, with HPE SimpliVity, it is possible to backup or restore a 1TB virtual machine in about 60 seconds.
At Graham Group, we have a very disparate workforce with over 2,000 staff operating from 17 offices around the UK and Ireland, in addition to the staff at the many client sites that we work on.
We were looking for a Strategic Partner to assist us in provisioning a new cost effective, robust and secure infrastructure environment with high availability to support our dynamic and rapidly growing business.