Success story

SWITCH simplifies IT infrastructure, increases innovation and savings

SWITCH

Fast facts

Industry: Education
Region: EMEA
Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
Company size: 100 employees

We set ourselves the goal of reducing complexity and standardizing our hardware, operating systems, and network architecture. We wanted to free up our employees as much as possible … to do what we consider far more important—for example, expanding our service offerings.

Dr. Filiz Bektas, Team leader, Service Platform, SWITCH Zurich

Overview

The SWITCH foundation, a Swiss IT provider in the education market, needed to reduce IT costs and increase innovation. SWITCH simplified its complex IT landscape, modernizing hardware and consolidating operating systems to build a more stable, secure, and flexible infrastructure. Using Red Hat® solutions and Cisco FlexPod architecture, SWITCH reduced IT costs by 10% annually.

The path to success

Challenge: Modernize and consolidate complex IT infrastructure

The SWITCH foundation found that its complex IT landscape stifled innovation and led to inefficient use of resources, high maintenance costs, and time-consuming administration. This made it difficult for SWITCH to develop and deliver new solutions and services. “We set ourselves the goal of reducing complexity and standardizing our hardware, operating systems, and network architecture,” said Dr. Filiz Bektas, service platform leader at SWITCH. “We wanted to free up our employees as much as possible … to do what we consider far more important—for example, expanding our service offerings.”

Case study

SWITCH unifies infrastructure with Cisco FlexPod and Red Hat

Solution: Build a consistent infrastructure

To gain consistency, SWITCH chose to deploy FlexPod architecture—a preconfigured datacenter solution—along with Red Hat technology for its uniform operating system, management product, and virtualization platform. “The solution promised to meet our central requirements: lower administrative costs, short deployment times, reliable security, and high scalability and availability,” said Bektas.

Software & services

Hardware

Cisco FlexPod solution:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server
  • Cisco Nexus switches
  • NetApp FAS storage systems

Results: Meet future IT challenges, offer new services

With its new IT environment, SWITCH saw immediate gains in scalability and availability. Its virtualization platform enabled greater efficiency, reducing physical servers by two-thirds—from 120 to 40. The solution also increased productivity, saving 10% of IT costs annually. Moving forward, SWITCH plans to expand the solution to a second datacenter. “With Red Hat solutions at its core, our new consolidated FlexPod infrastructure equips our datacenter to meet future IT challenges and offer new services,” said Bektas.

We quickly saw that the new infrastructure based on FlexPod architecture and Red Hat solutions is perfectly suited for very complex demands. The system demonstrated high performance and extreme stability.

Dr. Filiz Bektas, Team leader, Service Platform, SWITCH Zurich