Global talent solutions company Hudson has streamlined operations and improved business continuity with HP storage and servers.
With a global presence of more than 2,000 employees operating in approximately 20 countries, Hudson (NASDAQ:HSON) offers highly specialized professional recruitment, talent management, recruitment outsourcing and related staffing services and solutions. Clients partnering with Hudson achieve greater organizational performance by attracting, selecting, engaging and developing the best talent for their business.
“We have improved Hudson’s business continuity by modifying our disaster recovery strategy,” says Bas Alblas, IT Director Europe, Hudson. “The back-office IT infrastructure of all our offices across Europe has been consolidated into a London data center, and we plan to build a mirrored data center for complete redundancy. HP servers and storage now ensure full recovery of all our applications. HP storage ensures uninterrupted availability for all our users, and virtualizing all our physical servers onto HP ProLiant blade servers has cut Hudson’s data center power usage in half.”
A single unified storage pool now supports Hudson’s virtualized environment, business applications and services. A storage area network (SAN) based on an HP LeftHand Storage system provides 61TB of secure, easily managed storage for Hudson’s business-critical data. Thin provisioning has already saved 43TB of physical disk space, and performance can be scaled linearly to grow with Hudson’s business.
HP Virtual Connect simplifies the connection of the SAN to a virtualized server platform of HP ProLiant BladeSystem c7000 enclosures with 26 HP ProLiant BL490c server blades running VMware 4.1. HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) makes it possible to manage the HP servers remotely.
Hudson’s IT environment is centrally managed through HP Systems Insight Manager. Hardware-level management and automated remote support for the HP servers and storage enable the IT team to maximise system uptime. HP Snapshot software maintains system performance by allowing I/O-intensive applications like zero-downtime backup to run concurrently without impacting the performance of Hudson’s primary applications.
HP partner Softcat provided advice and testing for the HP system prior to deployment. Three years’ maintenance from HP Technology Services has been extended to five years for maximum investment protection.
“HP has a longstanding relationship with Hudson, who already use HP printers and desktops,” says (HP spokesperson). “As well as providing comprehensive disaster recovery, Hudson’s end-to-end HP server and storage solution has already delivered substantial savings in cost, floor-space and power usage.”