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April 29, 2015

Nutanix fits virtual server brief for Bravissimo

Lingerie retailer opts for web-scale option to consolidate 30 physical servers.

By Ellie Burns

Lingerie retailer Bravissimo is to deploy Nutanix’s hyper-converged infrastructure in its first leap to virtual servers.

The move from physical to virtual servers was made due to Bravissimo needing to update its infrastructure, as many of its servers were coming to the end of their lives.

Unusually for a mid-sized enterprise, the retailer had not virtualised and was therefore looking to consolidate 30 physical servers overall.

Recommendations from other Nutanix retail customers forced the retailer to reconsider its initial leanings towards traditional servers and SAN storage. Following those recommendations, Bravissimo opted for the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform.

"We looked closely at both approaches," said Bravissimo’s IT Manager Ian Murphy, "and, although blown away by what Nutanix had to offer, initially we thought it was out of our reach.

"However, after further discussions we realised there was a lot of extra value to be gained from the Nutanix platform, particularly from the integrated compute and storage management, as SAN management has always been a big headache for us."

Bravissimo was also looking to add offsite disaster recovery in a later phase of its infrastructure refresh project, so the Nutanix Metro Availability option further helped to seal the deal.

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"Metro Availability will enable us to add off-site DR without the need for anything more than another Nutanix appliance," said Murphy.

"I am confident that Nutanix is the right choice for Bravissimo and will enable the company to deliver even higher levels of service to customers and staff over the coming years."

Bravissimo will migrate all of its physical workloads to the Nutanix-hosted VMware environment, including SQL database servers and payment processing applications linked to the tills in Bravissimo stores.

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