The Royal Court Goes Big On Hybrid Cloud

The Royal Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain has implemented Nutanix Clusters that says to provide an available hybrid cloud Infrastructure for virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and critical end user applications stated Nutanix. The solution has increased uptime, simplified operations with an integrated management platform, increased security of the infrastructure and substantially lowered operating expenses (OPEX).

“My team strives for excellence. We have set extremely high standards for ourselves and have entered into a 99.9% service level agreement (SLA) with the Royal Court. But we couldn’t guarantee that degree of stability using traditional IT infrastructure. Virtualization through streamlining our data centres and reducing the number of physical servers brought us partway to our ultimate goal, but it wasn’t enough. The best way to achieve our targets was to shift to hyper converged infrastructure,” noted Indra Zulardi, Infrastructure Network, System and Virtualization specialist, Royal Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“We tested this Nutanix and VMWare combination on HP and Dell thin clients. End users immediately noticed the faster speeds and appreciated the convenience of logging into a full-powered system from any device connected to our network. They enjoyed the same performance on a top-of-the-line desktop as they did on a thin client or a budget laptop. They could take their work with them anywhere, and they could do so without carrying their files on USB sticks because all their data was stored on the VDIs at our data center,” added Mr Zulardi.

With traditional desktops, the budget for operating expenses (OPEX) had to keep increasing every year to purchase new hardware. Switching to Nutanix claims to eliminate this expense, thus substantially lowering annual costs. Buoyed by the success of the initial trial, a decision was taken to increase the VDI user base to 500 employees and subsequently the project was further expanded with the objective that everyone at the Royal Court will be moved to VDI by the beginning of 2023.

The IT infrastructure is said to be more secure because all the VDIs, the applications and data they contain reside in the data center. Mr Zulardi and his team can manage updates and upgrades from a central location and spin up more capacity whenever users need it. Files no longer go missing because they are centrally stored, automatically backed up and retrievable from any computer with access to the network.

Mr Zulardi commented, “Nutanix has reduced our number of headaches and increased our uptime. We haven’t had an incident with our hardware ever since we adopted the platform. We’ve never even submitted a support ticket. The next step is to refresh the Nutanix cluster. The existing setup is at 75% capacity, and more infrastructure is needed to move all of the Royal Court’s staff to VDIs. utanix Files, a software defined scale out file storage solution, is also going to be added to the mix of products next year to improve data sharing with NFS and iSCSI functionality and to scale archival storage.”

The application base has also been said to standardize. Royal Court users are restricted to Microsoft 365, Microsoft Exchange, SAP and a handful of apps required by some specialists. Troubleshooting is said to be easier. The IT team can monitor, manage and configure the entire data center or specific VDIs from a single pane of glass. Using intuitive dashboards, they can also add RAM, CPUs and storage at a push of a button. If a virtual machine crashes, it can be restored in a matter of minutes.

“We’ve taken a slow but steady approach to Nutanix. We could have moved everything over immediately, but we wanted to get our infrastructure right and get everyone from end users to management, excited about the possibilities of HCI. After all, we’re not just another company. In serving our King, the Royal Family and the Royal Court of Bahrain, my team helps our nation inspire people in the Middle East and around the world through our leadership in business, industry, and culture. Having laid the right technology foundation for our operations, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish,” concluded Mr Zulardi.